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Fairy Shrimp in Kansas

Fairy Shrimp drawn by Norwegian zoologist Georg Ossian Sars (1896)

Fairy Shrimp drawn by Norwegian zoologist Georg Ossian Sars (1896)

It is important that artists where able to capture scientific details of wildlife before cameras were able to photograph them accurately. A species of Fairy Shrimp was drawn with both scientific accuracy and artistic appreciation in 1896 by Georg Ossian Sars, a Norwegian marine and freshwater biologist. His work, centered around crustaceans,  was published in the Fauna Norvegiae. His drawing of Branchinecta_paludosa, a species of Fairy Shrimp is shown above. Fairy shrimp are found in ephemeral waters of Kansas.