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Old 10-09-09, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default How Bizarre... (thought to be extinct) Fairy Shrimp on the summit of Stone Mtn today

Guys... there are SHRIMP on top of stone mountain... also, IF my identification and research are correct (and this isnt some other species of crustacean), they are thought to be extinct from Stone Moutain since 1951...
http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/1998/r98-040.html

I'm pretty dang sure they're Fairy...
http://islandwood.org/kids/stream_he...iry_shrimp.jpg

and not clam...
http://www.scientificillustrator.com...am_shrimp.html

I got some pics and video of these fascinating creatures... they were only in one pool out of many that we looked for them...

Video...
http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...t=MVI_5876.flv

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Cropped version...


More... Branchinella lithaca (Stone Mountain Fairy Shrimp) is thought to be a species that lives only on Stone Mtn and possibly other nearby granite outcroppings...

It was considered for placement on the endangered species list, but was turned down by the u.s. fish and wildlife service about 10 years ago...
http://ftp.resource.org/gpo.gov/regi...1998_28963.pdf
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Old 10-10-09, 10:40 AM   #2
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Interesting stuff. I grew up in Stone Mountain and was there all the time as a kid, but never heard of these. It looks like it had Honeycomb cereal for breakfast.
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I know... lol... i was thinking rice chex... some of them had it, some didnt...

Emailed the stone mtn memorial assoc and the friends of ga parks (the ones who are trying to conserve the fairy shrimp)... no response yet.
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Old 10-10-09, 12:32 PM   #4
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Good luck hearing back from them! If it doesn't affect the cash register they are not interested.
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Default They're Clam Shrimp, but still endangered...

Got a response back from the educator with Stone Mtn Memorial Assoc... she said they are clam shrimp... and this sps is endangered... at first, i didnt believe her... she cited this link... and these didnt look anything like the pics and video posted here....
http://www.clamshrimp.com/

They looked like the Fairy Shrimp in the website in the original post...

But then got to studying the male in the 'mating pair' pic on the website she provided... and it does look like the shrimp on my pics... so, clam shrimp it is.

I was so excited about them being Fairy Shrimp... and finding an 'extinct' sps.

Still it was real treat for the boys to see shrimp living in vernal pools on top of a granite mountain that extend 10 miles into the earth's crust...

The clam shrimp lay eggs (cysts) which can lasts for years until the right conditions come together... these shrimp live a very short time in the vernal pools... about a week or so.
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