in which participants can explore vernal pools, which are temporary bodies of water that house species like frogs, fairy shrimp
Their lawsuits said construction operations would harm plants, rare wildlife habitats, threatened coastal birds like the snowy plover and California gnatcatcher, and other species such as fairy shrimp
and the Quino checkerspot butterfly.
These potholes are inhabited by numerous organisms adapted to this alternating wet--dry cycle, including fairy shrimp
(Anostraca) Branchinecta packardi and Streptocephalus texanus, clam shrimp Leptestheria compleximanus and Eulimnadia inflecta, and tadpole shrimp (Notostraca) Triops longicaudatus (Graham, http://geochange.er.usgs.gov/ sw/impacts/biology/vernal).
Feeding in the fairy shrimp
Streptocephalus proboscideus (Frauenfeld) (Branchiopoda: Anostraca).
98 USING NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE GENETIC DIVERSITY OF ENDANGERED FAIRY SHRIMP
(CRUSTACEA: BRANCHIOPODA: ANOSTRACA)
One organism that has become something akin to a mascot for military environmentalism on Salisbury Plain is the fairy shrimp
. This rare crustacean lives in ephemeral ponds, and can undergo cryptobiosis, a state of torpor that allows it to wait out inhospitable drought conditions--for up to 15 years--until it finds itself in a puddle again.
The other group, which was generally favoured, thought they came from a class of crustaceans called branchiopods, which include brine shrimp and fairy shrimp
It is also home to 14 threatened and endangered animal species including San Diego fairy shrimp
(Branchinecta sandiegonensis), Riverside fairy shrimp
(Streptocephalus wootori), arroyo southwestern toad (Bufo californicus microscaphus), steelhead salmon (Oncorhynchus mykiss), tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberry), Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi), Pacific pocket mouse (Perognathus longimembris pacificus), and seven species of birds.
Audubon and the Nashua River Watershed Association to offer this program to showcase the many conservation areas that are open to the public, to get residents of all ages out of doors and in the fresh air, and perhaps to learn a little something about wood frogs and fairy shrimp
, a new trail to hike and explore, a vista to be discovered.
These pools are depressions that remain inundated during the rainy season and provide habitat to a unique assembly of plants and animals, such as the federally listed vernal pool fairy shrimp
, that complete their life cycles before the pools dry out during the dry season.
The most impressive creatures on the farm, in terms of their ancient origin, are fairy shrimp
, which have an incredible fossil lineage of 500 million years!