Thanks #beschwar for the keen eye.
found is a small montane ephemeral pond. ~200 individuals.
I took a break by a pond and decided to look for herps. Well I saw some things swimming in the water that looked like fish. Well they were swimming and looked funny for fish and there was no streams, riveres, wash offs that led to the pond so I decided to catch one. It turned out to be a fairy shrimp. Boy was I jumping for joy when I found that out.
Beaver-tail fairy shrimp
Red-tail fairy shrimp
Anostraca is one of the four orders of crustaceans in the class Branchiopoda; its members are also known as fairy shrimp. They are usually 6–25 mm (0.24–0.98 in) long (exceptionally up to 170 mm or 6.7 in). Most species have 20 body segments, bearing 11 pairs of leaf-like phyllopodia (swimming legs), and the body lacks a carapace. They live in vernal pools and hypersaline lakes across the world, including pools in deserts, in ice-covered mountain lakes and in Antarctica. They...