Donations Dirt and $

Donations of critters.

Dry Ponds
Dry Ponds

If you know of a dam, pond, river bed, fountain, drain or ditch that has something cool I would love to hear about it.

Does it look anything like these pictured on the right?

If it looks similar I would love a soil/sediment sample and I am happy to pay the postage costs. If it makes it all the way through my trials and into my permanent collection I am happy to pay a massive $50.00 finders fee as well!

Here is how that works.

Dried surface soil and sediment may have resting eggs that I may be able to hatch and identify.

This is the method that seems to work best in my experiments.
Choose a water source that is seasonal and supports some life, but ideally not a lot of fish. If it has fish, but only seasonally or even every few years before drying out then even better! Surface sediment, flaky clay, dried algae and fine leaf matter from the middle or lowest point is best. Eggs are not buried they just sink naturally, so they are near the surface. As the pool of water dries out things die which feeds bacteria and algae which then feeds Cladocera and other cool critters.

Because they have no competition they breed up in huge numbers before they eventually run out of air and die too. Overcrowding before they die causes them to stress out and lay heaps of resting eggs. These fall to the lowest point of the pool. This is where you want to get the soil sample from, the lowest point of dried out creeks, pools, puddles and drains.

The edges of rivers, foot hoof holes caused by cattle and horses or puddles below taps or water troughs may also have large amounts of eggs and species diversity too. Maybe worth a look? Collect the fine surface layer of dry sediment going no deeper than ~1cm. Remove all rocks, sticks or pebbles and anything larger than sand. You may wish to sieve the dirt through a colander or sieve.

Don’t worry, the eggs are tiny so you won’t sieve them out by accident. Weigh and select an average sample (or multiple samples) of less than <500grams. Put it in a plastic sandwich bag and label it with your email address and/or location/postcode etc.

Soil Sample Resting Eggs Ephippia Diapause Ephippium
Soil Sample Resting Eggs Ephippia Diapause Ephippium

Ok, you got some dirt that may or may not have critter eggs.
Now what?

Contact me with your full correct postal address and as much information about where the sample was taken as you are comfortable with (Pictures are nice too). I do not need to know exactly who’s pond or which creek if it makes you uncomfortable, but at least a State and Postcode is needed for my records.

I mail you a pre-addressed and fully paid postal sachet.
On arrival you put in your <500gram bag of dirt, seal it and chuck it any Australia post box nationwide. Once it gets to my place I number the sample (attaching any location or other info you shared with me). I add rainwater, gentle aeration and I cross my fingers.

I check the sample every few days and if I have success and that creature is interesting I will identify it and then contact you. This could take a week, a month or even years, as some eggs require a few cycles of wet and dry before they hatch or some species may be really hard to identify.

If it is easy to identify and grow, has no major pests or diseases, can be mass cultured relatively easily, and it lasts all the way through the time confusing and tedious process of removing and hatching individual eggs in individual batches and it is cool enough to make it to my permanent private collection after a dozen of so generations, then I pay you a massive $50.00 finders fee!

If I eventually begin selling it in my store I can also mention who and where it came from if you want. If you are not keen on being internet famous, then that’s cool too.
Totally understand, not really something I would want, it’s just an option. No dramas at all either way.

I am especially after Australian Triops, Lepriduris, Branchinella and am happy to pay for live cultures or eggs of any of them you may have. New species of Daphnia, Moina or large Ostracods are cool too.

I now have a lot of experience sending them live through the Australian postal service so I can walk you through the process. When done right it’s super easy and I am happy to pay all costs involved. I do road trips north and south a few times a year so if you know of anywhere worth checking out I would LOVE to hear about it!


I am NOT after international species, brackish or saltwater species or anything that is not native to Australia and it must able to survive the temperatures that I can provide here.

Donations of currency.

If you have too much money and want to do something cool with it, but just don’t have the time or inclination then look no further!

I will happily take any money you wish to donate and I promise that any donated money will be put towards research of new species, road trips and collection expeditions into the Australian wilderness, feed trials or something cool along those lines.

These donations are not tax deductible, you will not get a receipt or receive any sort of recognition for your altruism.

Good karma is a possibility though I guess?

“That sound GREAT, but how do I pay you?”

Just send cash, prepaid credit or gift cards, money orders or gold and silver bullion to.
Leigh Nankervis
Parcel Collect 10125 36308
82 Mulgrave Street
Gin Gin 4671
QLD Australia.

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