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Rock Snot

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Cason Dowdy

on 28 January 2013

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Europe Asia Canada Didymosphenia
geminata Rock Snot originated from Europe... and Asia... and Canada... The infective plant held on to boats, fishing gear, and other objects under the radar and spread to the U.S. in the early 2000s. Characteristics Thick, gelatinous masses of algae that coat rocky bottomed rivers

Generally yellow/brown

Feels like wet cotton By:

Cason Josh
Dowdy Pharr Rock Snot is scattered around areas in New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Western U.S. The plant spawns anywhere there is moisture and sunlight, but mostly spreads in rivers and streams. Rock Snot is guilty of spreading into local streams and rivers and creating algal blooms that block sunlight off from other aquatic plant life, disrupting certain animals habitats and in a larger scale affecting the environment around the rivers and streams. For the eradication of the invasive Rock Snot in the area, $10,000 will be awarded to the one responsible for its elimination, along with the privilege to fish in protected areas (with reason). Keep in mind Rock Snot can simply be uprooted out of the dirt and off of the rocks in the water, but all cells from the plant must be gone, otherwise the plant will simply spawn back again. The best way to prevent from allowing the plant to spread would be to wash boats and fishing gear and thoroughly dry them before going into another body of water to ensure that no Rock Snot cells can spread into other waters. Bibliography: http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/didymo.shtml Suspected Hideouts: Crimes Committed: Reward:
AKA: Didymo
"Rock Snot"
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