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Freshwater anemone and shrimp? ID

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I built myself a homemade snoot and took it out for a test run in a local lake here in upstate NY. I noticed on a previous dive when photographing snails that what look like anemone's attach themselves to the snails shell and figured these would be a good use for my snoot practice. After processing the images, I discovered that one of the anemone's had a crustacean of some sort on it. Does anyone know what these are? The anemone's themselves are very small barely visible with my naked eye. Only looking through my viewfinder with a 60mm lens and +5 Subsea could I see anything.

 

The first image is cropped significantly so you can see the shrimp. The other two show the anemone alone and also a collection of them on a piece of vegetation. Any help identifying these would be appreciated.

 

 

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Hi Andy,

 

The "anemone" is a freshwater cnidarian called Hydra - a common organism in North American freshwater environments (usually lentic, or slow moving, water bodies). The crustacean is not clear enough in the photo for me to guess at. Sorry!

 

Lee

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That's pretty cool, I may have to take my macro lens out for a look. We have tons of snails here in Michigan too. Good practice for when I can get into the ocean somewhere.

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thanks Lee.

 

Paul, once you see them, you'll see them attached to everything. I found them on snails, rocks, and vegetation.

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