Mudge Pond, Sharon
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Mudge Pond is a 211 acre water body located in Sharon, CT. The lake has a public boat
launch located on the southern shore and is modestly developed with homes along the shoreline. Our 2015 CAES IAPP survey found Mudge Pond to be among the most species rich lakes in the state with 33 aquatic plant species. Much of the littoral zone (0-4 meters deep) supported abundant plant growth. The northern and southern sections of the pond contained the densest plant coverage with a wide variety of species.
Five of the 33 species found were invasive; Cabomba caroliniana (fanwort), Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian watermilfoil), Najas minor (minor naiad), Potamogeton crispus (curlyleaf pondweed), and Trapa natans (water chestnut). C. caroliniana and M. spicatum were the dominant invasive species in the southern portion of the lake. C. caroliniana was also abundant in the northern section of the pond while M. spicatum was present throughout most of the remainder. Very little N. minor, P. crispus, and T. natans were found with the only patch of N. minor in the southern section, only three small patches of P. crispus along transects 1, 2 and 13, and one small patch of T. natans by transect 8.
Ceratophyllum demersum (coontail), Vallisneria americana (wild celery), and Utricularia macrorhiza (common bladderwort) were the most dominant native species in the pond. C. demersum and U. macrorhiza were found frequently in the northern and southern sections and V. americana was common on the eastern shoreline. Nuphar variegata (yellow water lily), Nymphaea odorata (white water lily), and Brasenia schreberi (water shield) were also frequently observed. Several pondweed species were found in small patches throughout the littoral zone including Potamogeton amplifolius (large leafed pondweed), Potamogeton illinoensis (Illinois pondweed), Potamogeton natans (floating-leaf pondweed), and Potamogeton zosteriformis (flat-stemmed pondweed).
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Species recorded in our 2015 survey of Mudge Pond. Click on plant name to view herbarium mount. (Invasive species in bold)