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Date:         Fri, 1 Oct 2004 11:18:18 -0400
Reply-To:     Conchologists of America List <CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Sender:       Conchologists of America List <CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Kurt Auffenberg <kauffe@FLMNH.UFL.EDU>
Subject:      Re: assistance requested
In-Reply-To:  <002001c4a7c8$17b01510$7a146dd8@ARindsberg1>
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Thanks...Andy...as always, thorough and extremely helpful...K

At 10:05 AM 10/1/04 -0500, you wrote: >Right you are, Kurt. > >If you go to >http://eusmilia.geology.uiowa.edu >and click on Identification Keys, then you can easily find the gastropod key >from there, and it is available for public use (without the photos, alas). > >Our friend José Leal posted a couple of identification guides as pdf files >on the Web: >http://www.shellmuseum.org/BivalvesLeal.pdf >http://www.shellmuseum.org/GastropodsLeal.pdf >These include line drawings, which as we all know can be even better than >photos for identification. > >For those who are starting out, I recommend R. T. Abbott's "Seashells of >North America", an inexpensive Golden Field Guide intended for laymen. The >descriptions are often differential (that is, they tell how to distinguish >species from similar species) and the illustratios are paintings all done by >one person, George F. Sandström, who deserves a lot of credit for the book's >success. Abbott's other books are all useful, especially the monumental >"American Seashells" (second edition), but they tend to be illustrated by >photographs that are often too small and too fuzzy for me to tell whether a >bivalve species has teeth, let alone what the teeth look like. I often wish >that he had had access to a digital camera. > >Of course, the Golden Field Guide does not include any but the most common >species, and focuses on species that can be collected on or near the shore. >It also doesn't include all of the abundant small species (the omission of >Mulinia lateralis being particularly odd), nor the larger species that are >abundant locally (such as Agripoma texasiana, which commonly turns up on >beaches on Dauphin Island, Alabama, and which Doug Shelton mentioned in a >recent email). > >Speaking of Doug Shelton, he was good enough to post his list of Alabama >molluscan species on the Web, courtesy of Deborah Wills, and I find this to >be a very useful authority to point out the most likely possibilities for >specimens that I collect: >http://fly.hiwaay.net/~dwills/marine/alamarsp.html >But this is a cooler shore than you'll find on the west coast of Florida, >which probably has a much greater diversity of species. > >If you can find a copy, the following reference will be extremely useful, as >it focuses on the area of interest: >Perry, Louise M., and Schwengel, Jeanne S., 1955, Marine shells of the >western coast of Florida: Ithaca, New York, Paleontological Research >Institution, 318 p., 55 pl. >This work is a revision of Perry's 1940 book, "the first serious attempt to >monograph a small regional area south of the State of New York." The >black-and-white photographs are relatively sharp and well reproduced, though >they generally show only one side of a shell. The quality of descriptions >ranges broadly but is often insightful. The language is technical but should >not faze anyone with a good glossary at hand. > >I am among those who are interested in other guides to Gulf of Mexico >species, and those from the Carolinian faunal province generally. Not just >mollusks, either. I want plants, fungi, spiders, butterflies, crabs, >barnacles! on the Web -- on paper -- in murals -- stained glass windows -- >more, more, I'm still not satisfied! > >Enjoy! > >Andrew K. Rindsberg >Geological Survey of Alabama >Yuscaloosa, Alabama, USA > >-----Original Message----- >From: Conchologists of America List [mailto:CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On >Behalf Of Kurt Auffenberg >Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 9:19 AM >To: CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >Subject: Re: assistance requested > > >Ooops...Mr. McKenna's email is jmckenna@beaconschool.org > >But copy me...maybe the entire list....I'm sure there are others that would >like to see a key of Gulf coast shells.... > >K > >At 09:59 AM 10/1/04 -0400, you wrote: > >Dear All: > > > >Does anyone know of any online identification keys out there for this > >poor soul....(see below)......? > > > >"I teach HS bio in New York City. I am trying to use gastropod shells > >I purchased in Tarpon Springs for practicing keys with a senior class. > >I found a site > >(http://eusmilia.geology.uiowa.edu/cgi-bin/flgastro/polyclav?../pollycl > >ave/flga)that > >features images and data for keying gulf coast gastropods for the > >Tampa Bay region (almost perfect!). Unfortunately, I cannot access the > >site. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thanks for your time." > > > >Thanks, > > > >Kurtles > > > > > >Mr. Kurt Auffenberg > >Operations Coordinator > >Exhibits & Public Programs > >University of Florida > >Hull Road & SW 34th Street > >Powell Hall, P.O. Box 112710 > >Gainesville, Florida 32611-2710 > > > >Telephone: 352-846-2000, ext. 253 > >Fax: 352-846-0253 > > > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- > >CONCH-L@listserv.uga.edu - a forum for informal discussions on molluscs > >To leave this list, click on the following web link: > >http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=conch-l&A=1 > >Type your email address and name in the appropriate box and click leave > >the list. > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- > >Mr. Kurt Auffenberg >Operations Coordinator >Exhibits & Public Programs >University of Florida >Hull Road & SW 34th Street >Powell Hall, P.O. Box 112710 >Gainesville, Florida 32611-2710 > >Telephone: 352-846-2000, ext. 253 >Fax: 352-846-0253 > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- >CONCH-L@listserv.uga.edu - a forum for informal discussions on molluscs To >leave this list, click on the following web link: >http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=conch-l&A=1 >Type your email address and name in the appropriate box and click leave the >list. >---------------------------------------------------------------------- > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- >CONCH-L@listserv.uga.edu - a forum for informal discussions on molluscs >To leave this list, click on the following web link: >http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=conch-l&A=1 >Type your email address and name in the appropriate box and >click leave the list. >----------------------------------------------------------------------

Mr. Kurt Auffenberg Operations Coordinator Exhibits & Public Programs University of Florida Hull Road & SW 34th Street Powell Hall, P.O. Box 112710 Gainesville, Florida 32611-2710

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