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Freshwater Isopods

Caecidotea sp.

Description:

Freshwater crustaceans ~3cm long. What I thought was the head is actually the rear end. The rear looks like it has antennae, as shown in photo 2. Watch a short video I took of them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCn0520-...

Habitat:

Freshwater marsh (in a vernal pool) with lots of leaf debris in the water. Maple and white pine as well as several species of moss (including sphagnum moss) were common in this area.

Notes:

Found in the same vernal pool as many copepods, fingernail clams, and snails.

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13 Comments

Machi
Machi 5 years ago

Thank you everyone for your nice comments!

Great series Machi,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

roemer1
roemer1 5 years ago

WOW those photos are amazing! Especially considering their size! We have these guys in a creek in our backyard, and they're pretty tiny!

Oh and congrats on getting the spotting of the week. I'm kinda jealous.

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 5 years ago

Fascinating, congrats!

Machi
Machi 5 years ago

Wow, thank you! It is great that these little creatures can get some appreciation :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Congrats Machi.

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Congratulations Machi on your SOTW. Great images.

NateAndNature
NateAndNature 5 years ago

D= What about my water louse? Lol Never mind, your Pictures are ten times better than mine.

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Machi, this incredible close-up has been selected as Spotting of the Week!

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/7...

Machi
Machi 5 years ago

Thank you for the nomination!

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Machi
Machi 5 years ago

Thank you Luis and Polilla!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Great series and video Machi!

Machi
Spotted by
Machi

Maine, USA

Spotted on Apr 2, 2016
Submitted on Apr 11, 2016

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