Isopoda Asellidae: First Record of Phreatobitic Crustacians Inhabiting Non-Karstic Drinking Water Wells in the Piedmont Region of Georgia
Fielder, J. Keith
Vendrell, Paul F.
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In the southeastern United States there are about 65 described species of asellid isopods, none have been identified from non-karstic drinking water wells. Utilizing down well camera technology, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has collected specimens of an unidentified phreatobitic species of Isopoda Asellidae. This troglobitic isopod was discovered in a non-karst bored well in Putnam County, Georgia. Preliminary observations indicate that it may represent a new species. This presentation will provide an overview of the discovery of this organism and the surrounding events and occurrences leading to its collection and preliminary identification.