Crazy cool! Strangely, this ephemeral pool was filled with them, and we couldn't find them anywhere else in the area, including other ephemeral pools.
Tadpole shrimp (genus Triops, probably longicaudatus). Stock pond at El Malpais National Monument, Cibola Co., New Mexico, USA.
Triops longicaudatus is apparently the common widespread Triops in most of NM (B. Lang, pers. comm.).
The molts from these are common along the edges of the vernal pool
vernal pool restoration site
Muskrat at Discovery pond; one water boatman and a couple of damselfly or mayfly larvae and a few fairy shrimp. Not much else in the pond.
At pond: fairy shrimp
The order Notostraca comprises the single family Triopsidae, containing the tadpole shrimp or shield shrimp. The two genera, Triops and Lepidurus, are considered living fossils, having not changed significantly in outward form since the Triassic. They have a broad, flat carapace, which conceals the head and bears a single pair of compound eyes. The abdomen is long, appears to be segmented and bears numerous pairs of flattened legs. The telson is flanked by a pair of...