By Mike Poniatowski
A new species of Amphipod was discovered in a sample as a part of the EPA’s National Coastal Condition assessment in 2015. Sediment was collected by FWRI researcher Dr. Paul Carlson and his team from the Wakulla River in northwestern Florida. Ten specimens (5 male and 5 female) were retained from the sample and examined by EcoAnalysts, Inc.
This new species, Hyalella wakulla, is most closely related to H. Azteca. One of the most abundant amphipod species in North America, H. azteca is the type species for a complex made up of cryptic species. H. wakulla is the first formally described species of Hyalella from Florida.