Bundles on a rope

Decomposition bundles on a string - 06.25.2009 - 08.35.10

Decomposition bundles on a string - 06.25.2009 - 08.35.34
One of the decomposition bundles with hyacinth and a plastic label... which hopefully won't disapear.

Decomposition bundles on a string - 06.25.2009 - 08.36.05
A string of several bundles, each string has six bundles attached with zip-ties.

Decomposition bundles on a string - 06.25.2009 - 08.36.28
Another photo of the experimental set-up. You may notice more water.

I placed little bundles of dead Eichhornia and Neptunia on a string and then attached the strings to my competition enclosures.  This will allow me to estimate decomposition of these two plants in artificial mats that vary in the density of the two plant species.

You might notice that the water is getting deeper – it’s over the first barb wire, which makes it difficult to slide through the fence.  I may yet have to construct a door…

Deformed luetkeni

There have been two of these toads found so far, both adult females with some kind of deformity on the upper mandible.  It appears that both were a result of development, rather than some trauma, because the eye positions are slightly different.  It’s interesting that they had lived despite the deformities.

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