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Triops life cycle

The triops life cycle is short. In order to complete the lives of these triops shrimps, they have to depend on the ever changing temperatures of temporary waters that serve as their primary habitat. During summer and fall (dry season), you can find lots of triops eggs. During winter and spring, more rainwater will come which will soon fill up the pools. By this time, the eggs will start to hatch.

After the triops eggs hatch, they will begin to feed on invertebrates like the fairy shrimps. The metanauplius is the very first larval stage and at this point, the triops are still orange in color. The triops only has six legs and one eye during the first stage and will soon develop in the next growth stages or also called instars.

By the end of each instar, the exoskeleton will shed. The appendages and segments will increase as the triops grow. The color will also change from orange to grayish brown. The triops will reach their maturity in a matter of 8 days and by that time they are ready to lay eggs.

As the pool dries up, many matured triops will die since these small creatures can only for twenty to ninety days. The triops will eventually die even if the pool does not completely dry up. When the triops eggs hatch, the metanauplius will come out and it has only three limbs – the mandibles, antennae, and antennules. After three hours, the formation of the telson starts and the trunks segments are now more defined. After seven hours, you will also see changes in the larva’s appearance. The adult form of the larva will already show the characteristics of an adult triop after fifteen hours.