Bythotrephes longimanus the spiny water flea

Hi my name is Jay. I’m here to talk about the invasive species. I will be talking about just one peculiar species, the spiny water flea. The spiny water flea is a microscopic animal that prefer deep clear lakes. It was first discovered of a living spiny water flea was in North America, December of 1984 in Lake Huron. The impacts that the spiny water flea do is eat small animals like zooplankton, daphnia which are important food for Native fishes.

SPINY WATER FLEA SWIMMING IN DEEP WATER

FUN FACT! : DID YOU KNOW THAT ADULT SIZE OF THE SPINY WATER FLEA IS 3/8 INCHS?

The structural of a spiny water flea’s tail total length reaches about 1.5cm, with the tail spin making up about 60 percent of the entire body length. the spiny water flea is orange, and green coloring. red stripes runs halfthe lenght of the tail, the tail is mostly straight or slightly angled with one to three barbs and a pointed end. the spiny water flea have ballon-like egg pouch. the water fleas migrated by ship water. ship water is the water stored,at the bottom of the ship which balance the ship with the ocean water. the spiny water fleas would swim or accidently caught in the ship water. the ship would take the spiny water fleas to a different country or city. the ship would dump the water when the ship is parked. that would release the spiny water fleas and spread. the spiny water fleas would take away homes for other animals, then it becamse a invasive insect.

spiny water flea in deep water

FUN FACT! :They can spread by attaching to fishing lines, downriggers, anchor ropes, and fishing nets. While female waterfleas die out of water, under certain conditions they produce eggs that resist drying and freezing, and can establish a new infestation. They also can be transported in bilge water, bait buckets, or livewells.

MANY QUESTION ASKED ABOUT THE SPINY WATER FLEA.

2. It is harmful to humans and pets? No. Spiny waterfleas are not harmful to humans or pets.

3. Can I still swim in lakes that have spiny water flea in the water? Yes. Spiny waterfleas are not harmful to humans or pets and their presence does not affect lake water quality for swimming.

4. In which Greater Sudbury lakes have spiny waterfleas been discovered? To date, two lakes have been identified as having spiny waterfleas: Lake Panache and Lake Nepahwin.

5. Do spiny waterfleas carry diseases? No. Spiny waterfleas do not carry diseases.

this video will give you info about hwo the spiny water flea is so invasive and examples on how you can help.

it have spread for decades, the mostly spread from being on boats and the boat might take the spiny water fleas to another lake. The spiny water flea destroys the food chain by eating the animals that the predators eat.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Clean all aquatic plants, animals and mud from watercraft, trailers, docks, lifts, anchors and other recreational equipment before leaving access. Waterfleas may appear as gelatinous or cotton batting-like material on lines, especially where lines meet a swivel, lure or downrigger ball connection.

Drain water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait containers, motor) and drain bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving water access. Keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft.

Dispose of unwanted bait, worms and fish parts in the trash.

Also Recommended:

Spray watercraft and equipment with high-pressure water, or

Rinse with very hot water, or dry for at least 5 days.

save the food chain and many lakes by perventing the spiny water flea from being invasive. we can all work together to make this happen! STOP THE SPINY WATER FLEA!

Thank you for reading.

Jay c

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