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I believe the article cited below to be the first published in North America to describe this very important creature as a first food for many larval fish and invertebrates.




Click here for the Adobe PDF  version of the G.H. Theilacker and M.F. McMaster technical paper:

"Mass culture of the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis and its evaluation as a food."

Reprinted from the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
with the permission of Cambridge University Press