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Wanted: leaf litter samples from anywhere in Canada
While the minute land molluscs that dwell in leaf litter are a major component of the terrestrial mollusc fauna of Canada, they have historically been neglected in many parts of Canada. Their small size has usually meant that they have been overlooked by all but the most dedicated naturalists and malacologists. Many gaps in our knowledge of these animals is the direct result of insufficient collections from almost all regions of the country. I am looking for donations of leaf litter samples (each 1–2 L in volume), or drift samples containing terrestrial species from anywhere in Canada. More information here.
Interactive maps at E-Fauna BC
October 2011 — New and updated data have been uploaded to E-Fauna BC, the Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia. Records are now available for terrestrial gastropods.
Need a mollusc identified?
Do you require identifications made of land snails or slugs? I can do these from specimens, or often from photographs. Please contact me for more information. I frequently help photographers, naturalists and others identify slugs and snails in their photos — just ask! Contact me here.
Well almost …
Last month, Mike Oldham, Fred Schueler, and I published our paper on Patera appressa in Ontario. This species had been on our radar for some time. Fred discovered it for the first time in Ontario (and Canada) in the spring of 1994. Since that time, all of us have gone back to sites; I was there last September (2014).