Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 15:46:06 -0500
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From: "Harry G. Lee" <shells@HGLEE.COM>
Subject: Phacoides pectinatus (Gmelin, 1791)
We have been unable to find the conspicuous and attractive clam
Phacoides pectinatus (Gmelin, 1791), the Thick Lucine, in our area
(northeast FL from the GA border to Matanzas Inlet, near the St.
Johns/Flagler Co. line) in 35 years of looking. Johnson (1934:41)
didn't report it N of FL, but, apparently beginning with Abbott
(1954: 388), the species has been recorded from "NC south ..." in a
number of publications and other resources.
It is possible that all the NC citations are based on the single
citation by Abbott? With our inability to find any in NE FL, a lack
of "hands-on" records in Porter (1974: 57), Johnson's report, and no
confirmatory records in various searchable museum databases [FLMNH
(126 records) <http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/scripts/dbs/malacol_pub.asp>,
FMNH (no records at all)
<http://fm1.fieldmuseum.org/collections/search.cgi>, BMSM (2 records)
<http://shellmuseum.org/collection/searchresults1.cfm>, CMNH (no
records at all)
am appealing to all of you familiar with NC shells to let me know if
the species really lives there.
As he recently announced, Marlo Krisberg features this species at his
Abbott, R. T., 1954. American seashells [first edition]. Van
Nostrand, New York, xiv + -541.
Johnson, C.W., 1934. List of the marine Mollusca from Labrador to
Texas. Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 40(1): 1-203.July.
Porter, H.J., 1974. The North Carolina marine and estuarine Mollusca
- an atlas of occurrence. Univ. N. C. Inst. Mar. Sci.,
Morehead City, vi + pp. 1-351. May.