Most adults live two hours to three days, but some live less than 90 minutes. In that time, they need to mate, deposit the female’s eggs and die. Talk about a one-track mind!
Photo © Harold E. Malde
Fairy Shrimp—Short but Sweet
Is it all about the kids? Fairy shrimp mate and fertilize their eggs in temporary rain pools. They die when the water dries up, leaving their offspring to wait in the soil for the rains to return, starting the short and unselfish cycle again. Now that’s taking one for the team.
Photo © Larry Serpa/TNC
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