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Re: Moina (was LFD V2 #440

Hi George,
	The people in Hawaii have been working with this crustacena quite
intensively and have gotten it identified to Moina micrura.  Apparently, in
previous experiments Dr. T and Co have been able to get the cultures to
double in density every 24 hours.  Nice as you can harvest half the culture
and have the same ammount every day.  It don't quite work for me as the
cool conditions outside are slowing them down.  Also there has been a lot
of work by Dr. Tamaru regarding the, sizes, fatty acid profiles, etc.
	Aske me about the culture off list.

>From: "Clyde S Tamaru" <ctamaru at hawaii_edu>
>To: "Mach T. Fukada" <fukada at aloha_net>
>Subject: Fw: Moina micrura Kurz, 1874
>Date: 	Fri, 16 Apr 1999 16:45:13 -1000
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>Dear Mach:
>Hope you are settling in and things are going well.  I sent samples of the
>Moina that are being cultured by many aquarist to get a name.  A taxonomist
>has put a name on the critter and thought you might want to know.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Russ Shiel <shielr at watson_canberra.edu.au>
>To: Clyde S Tamaru <ctamaru at hawaii_edu>
>Sent: Saturday, April 17, 1999 6:53 AM
>Subject: Moina micrura Kurz, 1874
>> Hello Dr Tamaru
>> Profound apologies for the delay in getting back to you...I hadn't
>> forgotten you...but I was hijacked to Adelaide after Easter by my
>> significant other, who is a molecular geneticist at a hospital there...she
>> spent Easter with me at Albury, I went back with her for 10 days manual
>> labouring duties on our weed-infested property. I flew back to Albury last
>> Wed for R&R......
>> I had dissected a couple of your beasts, keyed them through Goulden's
>> (1968) key to the Moinidae, but intended to check the ephippial morphology
>> before getting back to you.  As it turns out, there are no ephippial
>> females in the batch you sent, but it matters not...the gross morphology,
>> trunk limb I setation, postabdominal armature, etc, are so close to the
>> published description of Moina micrura Kurz, 1874 that ephippial
>> would only be another confirmation. However, if you do spot an ephippial
>> female or two at some time, and wouldn't mind sending them, they would be
>> useful addition to my reference collection.
>> Goulden regarded M. micrura as widely distributed 'throughout tropical and
>> subtropical regions of the world: often found in large permanent lakes'.
>> Smirnov (1976) provides a distribution map which shows it pantropical and
>> pansubtropical - to north of 40 oN latitude in Europe and Nth America, and
>> as far sth as 36 oS in Australia and Sth Africa.  I have recorded M.
>> micrura in Tasmania. sth of 40 oS.  It isn't listed or shown from Hawai in
>> either of these sources. It would readily be transported with water/live
>> fish in the aquaculture/aquarium/pet trade, either as breeding females or
>> ephippia.
>> Sorry for the delay, once again!
>> All the best,
>> Russ
>> Refs.
>> Goulden, C.E. (1968) The systematics and evolution of the Moinidae. Trans.
>> Am. Phil. Soc. NS 58(6), 1-101.
>> Smirnov, N.N. (1976) Macrothricidae & Moinidae fauna of the world. Fauna
>> the USSR, Crustacea, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1-236. Zool. Inst. USSR Acad. Sci.,
>> Leningrad (In Russian).
>> _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
>> R.J. Shiel (PhD)
>> Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Land & Water
>> CRCFE/Murray-Darling Freshwater Res. Centre
>> PO Box 921, Albury, NSW 2640, Australia
>> Ph: [02] 6058-2316 / 6058-2343
>> Fax: [02] 6043-1626
>>  e-mail: shielr at mdfrc_canberra.edu.au
>>  a/h e-mail: wainess at bigpond_com

>Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 09:55:54 -0500
>From: George Slusarczuk <yurko at warwick_net>
>Subject: Re: Moina (was LFD V2 #440
>Hello Jim,
>I have been looking for the *true* Moina for the past two years. Several
>people claimed that "their" Cladoceran is Moina, but upon closer
>examination it turned out to be Daphnia or Bosmina.
>I am not certain, that the glowing reports about raising Moina really
>pertain to Moina! If it is that common -- easily bred by the millions --
>how come none of the dealers selling Live Food cultures have it?
>Even a firm that puts out a manual on raising live food for fishes
>(mostly marine) -- and has culturing directions for Moina -- does NOT
>have them. A person there told me "they are easily obtainable from pig
>farmers" -- say, what?
>If you find the elusive Moina, please remember me! I'll trade or buy
>them from you.

Mach T. Fukada
AKA member 07778
fukada at aloha_net

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