Vernal pools are unique ecosystems with a diverse assemblage of species.
The most well-known creatures of vernal pools, frogs and salamanders, are only ephemeral residents in vernal pools. Other species, such as fairy shrimp and fingernail clams, spend their entire lifecycle in the vernal pool's basin. All of these animals have complex and diverse life histories which facilitate their breeding and survival in these temporary wetlands.
|Class||Species||Scientific Name||State Status||SGCN|
|Amphibia||Spotted Salamander||Ambystoma maculatum||S5||Medium|
|Amphibia||Jefferson Salamander||Ambystoma jeffersonianum||S2||High|
|Amphibia||Blue-spotted Salamander||Ambystoma laterale||S3||Medium|
|Amphibia||Wood Frog||Lithobates sylvaticus||S5|
|Branchiopoda||Knob-lip Fairy Shrimp||Eubranchipus bundyi||Not assessed|
|Bivalvia||Fingernail Clam||Family: Sphaeriidae|
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