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mossy

Date

February 22, 2012

Description

It's never good news when the key takes you to bryum. But 300 couplets later I had my moss. It only took me 4 couplets to get to with my BBS guide though and it even had a picture for confirmation.

This moss had precurrent and excurrent costas depending on what leaf you looked at.

The leaves are 1-2mm long and .5-1 mm wide. The entire plant was about 1.5cm tall.

I thought the limbidium, and hyline awn would make this moss easy to figure out. But is a it a clear limbidium or a partially obscured limbidium? That is where I took a wrong turn in the Madrono key. Madrono says it's not clearly a limbidium.. OK...

This bryum was mixed into a cushion of some other moss that was falling off of a shady east facing cement wall.

The other moss was even smaller and I don't know if I dare to try to ID it.

It was a very good tardigrade producer. I found 3-4 clear tardigrades in this, one had green guts.

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tardigrades Phylum Tardigrada

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mossy

Date

February 22, 2012

Place

Shelton, Washington (Google, OSM)

Description

This tardigrade was clear with green gut contents. I found it in Bryum capillare.

I think it had two claws on each of its 8 legs.

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