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Jmd123 has attached these 20 pictures. The message is below.
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Creek chub, lots of these (Semotilus atromaculatus)
Creek chub, lots of these (Semotilus atromaculatus)
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SIT STILL!!!
SIT STILL!!!
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Beautiful longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)!
Beautiful longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)!
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Baby bass!!  Little juvenile smallmouth
Baby bass!! Little juvenile smallmouth
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Juvenile bluegill
Juvenile bluegill
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Bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus), most common fish in our samples
Bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus), most common fish in our samples
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Juvenile hog sucker (Hypantelium nigricans), only got one but I'm sure there's more
Juvenile hog sucker (Hypantelium nigricans), only got one but I'm sure there's more
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We caught 4 species of darters, this is probably an orangethroat darter, Etheostoma spectabile (the others were Johnny, fantail, and rainbow darters)
We caught 4 species of darters, this is probably an orangethroat darter, Etheostoma spectabile (the others were Johnny, fantail, and rainbow darters)
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Weeeee little catfish!  Yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis)
Weeeee little catfish! Yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis)
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Caenis mayflies were fairly common
Caenis mayflies were fairly common
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And now for some bugs!  A raw, unsorted sample, separated from the debris
And now for some bugs! A raw, unsorted sample, separated from the debris
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Paraleptophlebia was the second most common taxon after Chironomidae (which I may yet take down to genus!)  Collected over 1100 of these total!
Paraleptophlebia was the second most common taxon after Chironomidae (which I may yet take down to genus!) Collected over 1100 of these total!
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Ephemera was the largest mayfly we found
Ephemera was the largest mayfly we found
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Arigomphus dragonfly nymph
Arigomphus dragonfly nymph
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Chimarra was easy to spot because of their big heads!
Chimarra was easy to spot because of their big heads!
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Hydropsyche larva - Cheumatopsyche was much more common
Hydropsyche larva - Cheumatopsyche was much more common
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Mollusks too - Helisoma was occasional
Mollusks too - Helisoma was occasional
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Goniobasis snails were extremely common in some samples (one had 376!)
Goniobasis snails were extremely common in some samples (one had 376!)
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Clams too!  Psidium, a.k.a. pill clams
Clams too! Psidium, a.k.a. pill clams
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Not a mollusk nor a turtle!  Water penny beetle larvae, Psephenus sp.
Not a mollusk nor a turtle! Water penny beetle larvae, Psephenus sp.
Jmd123March 2nd, 2021, 9:51 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2531
Here's (some of) what we collected! Remember, this is NOT a big stream, which made the diversity all the more surprising. Enjoy!

Jonathon

Note: all fish were identified, measured, weighed, and checked for health conditions such as parasites, lesions, sores, etc.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Red_green_hMarch 2nd, 2021, 7:59 pm
New Mexico

Posts: 90
That is so cool. This is your job?!? Man, talk about doing what you love. This is what I'm constantly telling my kids. Find something you love and are passionate about and do it.
Ryan Norris
"a day not catching anything is better than a day not fishing at all"

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