Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 21:51:51 -0400
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From: "Harry G. Lee" <shells@HGLEE.COM>
Subject: Re: my last on U. imbecillis
Maybe not quite the "last;" there are at least three more elements
that may contribute to a solution for your initial "unanswerable,"
or, at least unanswered, question as to the ID or your farm pond naiad:
(1) Is a history of deliberate fish stock introductions to your
sister-in-law's pond available?
(2) Can you muster an image (photo-, scan, etc.) of the subject 153
mm anodontine mussel shell? If so, I can have it posted to our
<jaxshells.org> website, and some people may offer more informed
opinions as to its ID. As the maxim goes: "A picture is worth a
(3) Although a "trout stream" is incompatible with Utterbackia
imbecillis habitat, into which Virginia river system is your South
River bound; the Rapahannock or some other?
At 09:01 PM 9/9/2008, you wrote:
>Thanks, Harry, for those unanswerable questions. There's room for
>lots more work.
>For myself, I'm going to be sure to walk and snorkel all over my
>sister-in-law's pond next summer and sample the mussel
>populations. There are sure to be more of them, whatever they
>are. 'Should have done it long ago. The South River is a main
>border of their property, and it has lots of a snail species I have
>never ID'ed, but the river, too, should have mussels appropriate to
>a trout stream.