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Freshwater Vocabulary

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obligate specie
a specie that depends on vernal pools for at least part of their life cycle.
facultative specie
a specie that utilizes vernal pools, but can complete its life cycle in a different fresh water body (pond, stream, etc.)
head, thorax and abdomen
three main body segments of an insect
six
the number of legs on an insect
pupal stage
the stage that is part of complete metamorphosis, but isn't part of incomplete metamorphosis
salamanders
amphibians, four toed, no claws, no external ear openings, smooth skin
protists
the base of a vernal pool food chain ; some (plant like) can make their own food (photosynthesize)
protizoa
animal-like protists
algae
plant-like protists
"Big Night"
the best time to see a salamander at a vernal pool.
the first warm, rainy, night in March
autotroph
an organism that makes its own food
heterotroph
an organism that needs to consume its food
cilia and flagella
hairlike or whiplike structures that allow protists to move in water
pseudopods
amoebas move this way, sort of pouring their body into one extension.
vernal pool
a temporary body of fresh water with no permanent inlet or outlet; doesn't support fish
egg masses
amphibians attach these to vegetation in vernal pools to begin the next generation
fairy shrimp
the only obligate invertebrate associated with vernal pools
invertebrates
animals without spines or internal skeletons
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