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Branchinecta mackini Dexter, 1956
Alkali Fairy Shrimp
Family: Branchinectidae

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Distribution of Branchinecta mackini in British Columbia
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Branchinecta mackini is found in western North America, west of the continental divide (Belk, 2000). In British Columbia, the presence of this species on the interior plateau has been documented by Hammer & Forró (1992), Reynolds (1979), and Scudder (1969).

Prior to the publication of Belk’s 2000 paper, this species was thought to occur both east and west of the continental divide. In this paper, Belk described the taxon east of the divide as a new species B. readingi.

This species inhabits temporary or permanent pools of moderate to high salinity (Eriksen & Belk, 1999).

Note Author: Ian Gardiner

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
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Species References

Belk, D. 2000. Branchinecta readingi, new species name for a well-known fairy shrimp from east of the North American continental divide. Journal of Crustacean Biology 20(3): 566-570.

Eriksen, C. & D. Belk 1999. Fairy Shrimps of California’s Puddles, Pools, and Playas. Mad River Press, Eureka, California: xvi + 196pp.

Hammer, U.T. & L. Forró 1992. Zooplankton distribution and abundance in saline lakes of British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Salt Lake Research 1: 65-80.

Reynolds, J.D. 1979. Crustacean zooplankton of some saline lakes of central British Columbia. Syesis 12: 169-173.

Scudder, G.G.E. 1969. The fauna of saline lakes on the Fraser Plateau in British Columbia. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie (Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology) 17: 430-439.

General References

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