Story: Life in fresh water

Groundwater life forms

Groundwater life forms

These three organisms live in groundwater: Hexabathynella aotearoae (top – around 1 millimetre long), Paracrangonyx compactus (centre) and Phreatoicus typicus. Like many other life forms that live in groundwater they are almost colourless and have poor or no eyesight. Many are also small and have brief life cycles. They have adapted to an environment with a limited and unreliable supply of food.

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Roger Young, 'Life in fresh water - Freshwater habitats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11615/groundwater-life-forms (accessed 16 September 2019)

Story by Roger Young, published 24 Sep 2007