Two colonies of the tadpole shrimp
, Triops cancriformis, were found at Caerlaverock on the Solway Coast of Dumfriesshire, reports the Independent.
American tadpole shrimp
was traditionally considered to be a species of the Western U.S.
, Triops longicaudatus (Le-Conte) (Notostraca: Triopsidae), are pests in California rice production systems.
This property supports important vernal pool and grassland habitats, and such endangered species as the vernal pool tadpole shrimp
Fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp
, and clam shrimp are all capable of this impressive feat, a skill not uncommon among a category of animals called branchiopods.
Adult specimens of the freshwater tadpole shrimp
Triops longicaudatus have been collected routinely in June from rice fields in Saitama, Japan.
These self-contained ecosystems are home to several listed species, including California tiger salamanders (Ambystoma californiense), vernal pool tadpole shrimp
(Lepidurus packardi), vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), and plants such as the palmatebracted bird's-beak (Cordylantus palmatus).
The property turned out to support more than 100 acres (40 ha) of seasonal wetlands, including habitat of such endangered species as the Contra Costa goldfields (Lasthenia conjugens), vernal pool tadpole shrimp
(Lepidurus packardi), and California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense).
(Triops longicaudatus LeConte) are primitive branchiopod crustaceans that face extreme environmental conditions in the ephemeral desert pools that they inhabit.
In California, an 11 million gallon (42 million liter) spill of liquid waste from a large poultry farm damaged a wetland vernal pool system in the Arena Plains Unit of Merced National Wildlife Refuge, killing endangered vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) and vernal pool tadpole shrimp
The tadpole shrimps
- which date back at least 220 million years - have been found at the Caerlaverock reserve in Dumfries and Galloway.