Artemia monica is endemic to Mono lake, where it tolerates both the alkaline and hypersaline environments. It occurs in vast numbers (an estimated 5 trillion inhabit the lake). They vary in color from russet to vernal - mostly seeming to be a result of what they have recently eaten. A young individual is included in this image.
Image by B. L. Dicks and D. J. Patterson Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Microbes of Mono Lake
|Description of Artemia monica: Artemia monica, the variety commonly as Mono Lake brine shrimp, are found only in Mono Lake Mono Lake is an alkaline and hypersaline lake in California, United States that is critical nesting habitat for several bird species and is one of the most productive ecosystems in North America.