Searching for the Rivulus

Dr.O’Meara always gets his mosquito larvae!

Range Tracking

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Dr. George O’Meara, professor emeritus of Physiology and Ecology at the University of Florida’s Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Vero Beach, Florida, was the guest speaker at the 14 February 2015 FMEL-Pelican Island Audubon conservation stewardship class. His talk on Life in the Pits and the Treetops focused on critters that live in the water that pools in epiphyte plants — the treetop part — and those that live down in the burrows dug out by the Great Atlantic Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) — the pits part. To find out what creatures live down in the crab holes besides the crab requires this custom-made pump.
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Dr. O’Meara started his presentation in the FMEL Boathouse classroom before taking everyone out onto the mosquito impoundment dike to search for crab holes. Earlier speakers included Janice Broda talking about epiphytes, plants that grow on…

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