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#1 charlie

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:14 AM

Yesterday we discovered an amazing pond called Pond "Thicket".

I thought this was a baby Crayfish but have been informed that "it is likely to be 'his cousin, an amphipod. Wikipedia tells us that Asellus aquaticus has common names such as "waterlouse", "aquatic sowbug" and "water hoglouse". They are very cute and have terrifically interesting biology - lots of grumpy behaviour which makes good theatre and a stunning diversification in Lake Baikal where they get huge and spiney.

Amphipods


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#2 Knights Hiller

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 04:45 PM

"Pond life of the Norwoods" - What a great title for a post and couldn't help but laugh! :D

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 06:11 PM

"Pond life of the Norwoods" - What a great title for a post and couldn't help but laugh! :D

I know .... I had a wee titter myself. Perhaps an apt name for the arsonists currently wreaking having in CP Park

Funny little fellow Charlie - well spotted!

#4 Hermit

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:57 PM

Charlie, I can see a reflection of you in the water. Bad hair day? :unsure:

#5 charlie

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 08:27 AM

Thanks Hermy - I actually thought that was one of my better hair days :blink:

Here is the next in the series of photos from every day adventures in ponds:

Does anyone know what it is?

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 08:38 AM

Here is the next in the series of photos from every day adventures in ponds:

Does anyone know what it is?

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I think it's an adolescent sausage.
opposed to taking terrapins.

#7 Summit Lover

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:01 AM

Post prandial leech? Carelessly discarded prophylactic?

#8 Redbunny23

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:04 AM

I think it's an adolescent sausage.


:-D

I think it might be a flatworm. Or a leech?

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:10 AM

:-D

I think it might be a flatworm. Or a leech?


Or can you just make out a shell underneath it - perhaps it's a pond snail?

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:18 AM

Or can you just make out a shell underneath it - perhaps it's a pond snail?


Now I agree with Guineagirl - especially when I read about them floating upsidedown on the surface Pond snails

#11 charlie

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:50 AM

This is a slightly better photo ( they are all low res to make loading easier) of the said *snail* thing - it seems to have a cylindrical shell rather than conical? Does that still make it a snail?

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#12 Ziwa

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:17 AM

Does anyone know what it is?
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Post prandial leech? Carelessly discarded prophylactic?

[... and andreas said 'I think it's an adolescent sausage.'


Good suggestions!

The shell only looks cylindrical 'cuz you are looking at one straight on view of the aperture.

Keep working on it...

#13 Hermit

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:57 AM

It could be a Rams Horn Snail or a Swan Mussel?

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 11:37 AM

It could be a Rams Horn Snail or a Swan Mussel?

Do you think a Swan Mussel can float like a postprandial leech? ;) Where's the adolescent sausage bit?

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 09:17 PM

It could be a Rams Horn Snail or a Swan Mussel?


I think it looks more like a Rams Horn Snail?