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An Unsolved Mystery: The Enigmatic Beach-Hopper of Lake Merritt

December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| Free
Dr. Jim Carlton kicks off our monthly Speakers Series with a mystery story! Join us for illustrated talk followed by Q&A

About this Event

The Setting: A small, one-half inch, semi-terrestrial crustacean living in Lake Merritt is one of San Francisco Bay’s biggest mysteries. Beach-hopper amphipods (distantly related to shrimps and crabs) live in a unique but narrow and fragile habitat — the uppermost edges of beaches around the world, and are typically found under decaying seaweed, driftwood, and rocks. Our native beach-hoppers are found both in San Francisco Bay and along outer coast beaches. However, one species of beach-hopper, Bulychaeva enigmatica, is found in only one place in the world — Lake Merritt! Is it a native relict of the Bay Past, or a non-native species from somewhere else in the world? We trace its discovery, the most current thinking about its origins, and how this enigmatic beach hopper may have come to be in Lake Merritt.

Organizer

Rotary Nature Center Friends
Phone:
510-684-4157
Email:
ktnoon@aol.com
Website:
https://sites.google.com/view/rotary-nature-center-friends/home

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Danya Winterman

Venue

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