Interns find tiny crustaceans in Arkansas national park

August 14, 2017 GMT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Interns at a national park in Arkansas have discovered species of a crustacean that hadn’t before been documented in the park’s waters.

The Sentinel-Record reports that Hot Springs National Park interns Paul Solis and Meg O’Connor found new species of Ostracod in the park’s thermal waters. The seed shrimps are a class that thrives in extreme conditions.

The interns discovered at least five species that hadn’t previously been seen in the park and rediscovered two species.


They spent months locating, sampling and documenting the waters. Solis says most of the samples are from thermal water pools near drainage gates in the park.

O’Connor will continue the research project for another two months. The project is now focusing on more specific identification from Ostracod experts.


Information from: The Sentinel-Record,