Chasing mollusks at the Connecticut State BioBlitz 2016

The CT State BioBlitz happened on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4 in East Hartford, which is inland, and not on the coast, therefore (in theory at least) no seashells.

I was there chasing mollusks alongside of Jason Michael Crockwell -- berkshirenaturalist. iNaturalist founder Ken-ichi was also there, plus a whole bunch of other terrific iNaturalist folks. We all did sterling work.

This BioBlitz went extremely well. The team of 180 scientists broke the previous world record by a couple of hundred species, with a total that was not far off three thousand, and that is not counting the bacteria, which will add another 145 thousand!

http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/connecticut-state-bioblitz-2016-east-hartford-ct

The freshwater mollusks were pretty great, and thanks to Jason's exceptionally sharp eye, we found quite a lot of species. We got unexpected help from Laura Saucier of the State Government, who not only ID-ed all the beat-up river mussel shells we collected, but she was also able to find three more species, two of them State-Listed. So, all together our freshwater total was about 15.

We found a State-listed Pleurocerid water snail, which was an very elegant novel taxon for myself and Jason.

On land we searched for slugs and land snails, but did not do as well as we could have done, because of the prevailing seasonal dryness. We found about 10 land species though.

Here are the icons for some of the mollusk species that we found:

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=6011&taxon_id=47115&verifiable=any&view=species

We found it virtually impossible to identify the species in the Amber Snail family Succineidae, and tiny newborn slugs were also too difficult for us.

I did find a valve of one big old marine species right next to the river, but I have to assume a human brought it there, possibly as stuffed clams for lunch?

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3383017

Working flat out for 24 hours was tiring, even though I did not stay up and search all night like many people did, but in the end this BioBlitz was extremely interesting and highly rewarding.

Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, June 07, 2016 00:53

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

Spatterdock Nuphar advena

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 3, 2016 06:32 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Quahog Mercenaria mercenaria

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 4, 2016 08:53 AM EDT

Description

A ringer!

I assume that this valve of a hard clam (marine species) must have been the remnants of a stuffed clam eaten as lunch by a fisherman?

Tags

CT

Photos / Sounds

What

Marsh Pond Snail Ladislavella elodes

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 4, 2016 11:26 AM EDT

Description

Lots of these elegant snails in this very nice dammed-up fish pond.

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As @reallifeecology said:

It was great naturalizing with all of you...

@karolina
@kueda
@charlie
@berkshirenaturalist
@mickley
@benedictgagliardi

Posted by susanhewitt over 4 years ago (Flag)
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:)

I need to learn more about mollusks. among many many other things

Posted by charlie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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@charlie, If there is anything I can do to help you learn about mollusks, please just ask. :)

Posted by susanhewitt over 4 years ago (Flag)
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just identify anything I add if you know what it is :)

Posted by charlie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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I will do my best @charlie, but please let me know if I happen to miss some of your mollusk posts.

BTW, I am game to try to ID land, freshwater, AND saltwater mollusks: snails, slugs, clams, mussels, chitons, tusk shells, squid, you name it!

Posted by susanhewitt over 4 years ago (Flag)
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i will try to find more in our field. Get the bottom of the shell and the 'foot' too right?

Posted by charlie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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A while ago I wrote a whole bunch of suggestions about how to photograph mollusks (and their empty shells) on my Profile page.

And yes, even the scientists call it a foot. :)

Posted by susanhewitt over 4 years ago (Flag)

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