Finds like yours are of great interest and should whet collectors'
appetites to find living colonies in that neck of the woods. When/if
found, we might ultimately discover that such a colonies aren't permanent
metropolises as they are victimized by periodic environmental
At 01:55 PM 1/8/2007, you wrote:
Harry, et al
I dont know if this helps or not, but my last trip down to Sanibel was
last November, and on one of the causeway islands leading into Sanibel I
found a dead Nerita in the wash of a small inlet, it's more than likely
peloronta because the teeth are quite large and pronounced. It of course
had no color left and was bleached out, but none the less it was still
there. I didnt even pick it up and keep it. The same time I also
visited Marco and vicinity but didnt see or find any Nerita there, and I
wasn't looking for them either so that could explain why i didnt find
any....I did see some gorgeous periwinkles tho attached to the old bridge
pilings in Goodland.
- ----- Original Message -----
- From: Harry G. Lee
- Sent: 1/8/2007 12:35:02 PM
- Subject: Nerita in W FL
- De art Listers,
- What do you think about these records from the Carnegie Museum of
Natural History <
- 62.18495 .......... Genus: Nerita .. Species: peloronta .... Number
of specimens: 4 ..... Florida .....Lee Co .....Sanibel Island.
- 62.18494 .......... Genus: Nerita ...Species: tesselata [sic] ......
Number of specimens: 2 ...... Florida ..... Lee Co ..... Sanibel
- 62.18496 .......... Genus: Nerita ...Species: versicolor .......
Number of specimens: 12 ...... Florida .......Lee Co ........Sanibel
- In all of these three entries the fields where habitat, live/empty,
collector, and date of collection were vacant.
- We know Sanibel is a shellers' paradise, but can anyone confirm that
Nerita has actually lived there?
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