Zoo needs help
gordonr at Ms.UManitoba.CA
Sun Feb 25 05:35:25 EST 2001
I am forwarding your message to the Diatom List to my colleagues on
Uronet and Amphibian Decline, on the chance that some of them might
be of assistance. Good luck.
>We at the Detroit Zoo are breeding a critically endangered
>neotropical toad whose tadpoles seem to feed exclusively on brown
>diatom algae. Their appetite is enormous, more than our modest
>cultures can supply, and we are seeking sources of more diatom
>(wild, lab, commercial, etc.). Also, there is a
>'chironomid-looking' midge that has infected our cultures and
>tadpole tanks, and their larvae are rapidly consuming the diatoms as
>well. Is any of you familiar with this animal and perhaps a means
>to discourage it?
>Thanks for your thoughts, Kevin
>Kevin Zippel, Ph.D.
>Curator, National Amphibian Conservation Center
>Detroit Zoological Institute
>Royal Oak, MI 48068-0039
>PH: (248) 398-0903 ex. 3224
>FX: (248) 691-4194
>kzippel at detroitzoo.org
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