Marbled Salamander [Ambystoma opacum] 2
A female Fairy Shrimp [Eubranchipus ?].Pa.2-3-20.Please notice her developing eggs in her brood pouch.
The beautiful Fairy Shrimp [Anostraca branchiopoda].A female [you can tell by the white tail],Fairy shrimp are a food source for salamander larvae.Pa.1-29-20
The beautiful Fairy Shrimp [Anostraca branchiopoda].With Ambystoma larva.Fairy shrimp are a food source for salamander larvae.Pa.1-29-20
Ambystoma opacum larva with the beautiful Fairy shrimp [Anostraca branchiopoda].Pa.1-29-20.Fairy shrimp are a food source for salamander larvae.Although this one seems a little full right now!
Caddisfly larva with home made of strips of grass,in vernal pool full of Ambystoma opacum larvae.Pa.1-12-20].I have seen bigger versions of insect larva [green sedge Caddisfly] catching and eating Ambystoma larvae,eating it while still very much alive [pictures below],I know it's nature but it was a terrible thing to witness.
A comparison picture of two beautiful leucistic Ambystoma larvae that I was fortunate to find in 2018 and 2019 respectively.Jefferson [Ambystoma jeffersonianum] top picture and Marbled [Ambystoma opacum] bottom picture."Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation of the skin,hair,scales or cuticle,but not the eyes."Please notice the beautiful "gold dust" coloration in the gills of the Marbled larva.Also please notice that right hind toes of the Jefferson larva are in the process of regenerating after being lost-most likely another from another larva
First larvae of the new year.10 week old Ambystoma opacum larvae,notice the larva on the right and in close up pictures below has white strips at the forelimb area instead of the usual spots.Pa.1-12-20 [hatched 1st week of November 2019]
A ten week old A.opacum larva,that hatched the first week of November 2019,that still has a balancer on the left side of its head.Pa.1-12-20
Sunnylite illuminating those brilliant white spots on the side of a 10 week old A.opacum larva.