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Vernal Pool Inverts

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by iturnrocks, Mar 22, 2005.

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  1. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    Last year I discovered the magic of vernal pool invertebrates. It started with finding 3 species of fairy shrimp, then a species of tadpole shrimp in temporary pools in Kansas.

    I thot Id share some pics.

    Here is one of the fairy shrimp. All of these animals are less than 2" long, so the photos are closeups.

    This is a Greater Plains Fairy Shrimp

    Here is a larger species called a Beavertail Fairy Shrimp. This was the first one I discovered, and I didnt get a chance to take very many good photos of it.

    Here is an animation I did of a Spinytail Fairy Shrimp

    Now on to the tadpole shrimp. You may recognize these as the Triops which are sold as eggs in Walmart and other stores, but these were all collected in the wild.



  2. Bitis Gabonica

    Bitis Gabonica Elite Member

    Wow, fascinating post and some really great photographs - you have talent! :) Really interesting to read about this.. please post more pics if you have any. Thanks for sharing your hobby. :)
  3. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    Great stuff, I can't wait for the vernal pools to come alive here in Jersey.
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Just goes to show you that there are exotic things even in your own backyard if you take the time to look!
    A kid I worked with found a triops, a pretty good sized one, too, and brought it to show me. He thought it might be some sort of alien species!
    As in UFO! :rolleyes:
    Boy was he disappointed.
  5. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    awesome pictures !!! and the animation is cool too. Ya never know what lurks in the backyard huh ?
  6. Jem_Scout

    Jem_Scout Elite Member

    Wow! Very cool looking critters!!
    I need to check out the puddles in my yard now! LOL
  7. Ace

    Ace Elite Member


    Those are awsome pics! :D
  8. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    for best results, I would look for large puddles that attract some waterfowl occasionally. Waterfowl seem to enjoy eating the bugs, and they also seem to transport them from place to place on mud stuck to their feet. Here is the large vernal pool where I found mine. Thats my 2 dr. Blazer at the back- voted most dangerous vehicle on the road today. Fortunately I never saw the farmer, who Im sure would be upset about me driving around in his field.
    Heres the pics of the tadpole shrimp I caught last year, before I knew enough to add substrate. They lived about a week.
  9. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    wow...those are so bizarre looking but so neat! never saw anything like them. thanks for sharing the pics. :)
  10. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Tadpole shrimp are so cool :) They look like mini horseshoe crabs.
  11. iturnrocks

    iturnrocks Elite Member

    Here is the newest image i have of a fairy shrimp that just hatched days ago. Right now it is about 3mm long. This photo is about 10x actual size.


    I will post better photos as they grow.
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