Rock Snot Update!!!!!

New Species of Rock Snot Discovered in Connecticut


Two new species of microscopic algae have been discovered in Connecticut by Diba Khan-Bureau, Ph.D., Professor at Three Rivers Community College and Mike Beauchene, Supervising Fisheries Biologist with the DEEP Inland Fisheries Division. In their recently published article in the European Journal of Phycology (the study of algae), Khan-Bureau and Beauchene reveal a new species to the world, Didymosphenia hullii, and a species new to Connecticut, Cymbella janischii. Both belong to a notorious group of microscopic algae collectively termed "rock snot."

Rock snot, also known as didymo, was first reported in Connecticut in March 2011 when an angler reported seeing what appeared to be a small tuft of didymo in the West Branch of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted. This algae can easily be spread from waterbody to waterbody as it can remain alive for long periods of time, even when slightly moist. Before leaving any waterbody, practice the "Clean, Drain, Dry Technique" on anything that had contact with the water or the water bottom, including boats and fishing gear (waders). Look for more details on the new discovery and information on nuisance aquatic organisms and invasive species.

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