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ephemeral

(ĭ-fĕm′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
n.
Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.

e·phem′er·al′i·ty, e·phem′er·al·ness n.
e·phem′er·al·ly adv.

ephemeral

[ifem′ərəl]
Etymology: Gk, epi, above, hemera, day
pertaining to a short-lived condition, such as a fever.

ephemeral

(ĕ-fĕm′ĕr-ăl) [Gr. epi, on, + hemera, day]
Of brief duration.

ephemeral

(of organisms such as many desert plants) having a very short life cycle. The term is used specifically to describe those plants that have more than one generation a year, as opposed to ANNUAL, BIENNIAL, PERENNIAL.
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Genera only found in these smaller ephemeral ponds include Enochrus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae), Neoporus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), Notomicrus (Coleoptera: Noteridae), Laccobius (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae), and Aeshna (Odonata: Aeshnidae).
Eight hand collecting trips were made: two at Little Vermillion Creek, two at Little Raccoon Creek, and one at the unnamed creek, beaver pond, cattle pond, and each of the ephemeral ponds.
The ephemeral ponds were all interconnected and water flow was continuous through the channel.