FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says two scientists have identified a new species of microscopic algae in state rivers.
The algae, named Didymosphenia hullii, was discovered by Three Rivers Community College Professor Diba Khan-Bureau and DEEP Fisheries Biologist Mike Beauchene.
The finding was recently published in the European Journal of Phycology.
The state says the algae belong to a group that is known as “rock snot” because of the sticky mats they form on river rocks.
The algae were first found in Connecticut in March 2011, when a fisherman reported seeing a small tuft of it in the West Branch of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted.