In a recent publication in Check List, two new records of the small and rare land snail, Strobilops aeneus we (Mike Oldham and myself) recorded from Ontario. Here’s the background on the circumstances that lead to the publication.
Pupilla muscorum: Along the Saint Lawrence River and chemin des Ancêtres, northeast of quay, Grondines, Portneuf MRC, Québec. Snails were on small pieces of stone along a low bank/outcrop, as well as lower, in areas that clearly would be inundated during spring flood.
Back in September, outside of Québec city I collected a succineid. I think it is Novisuccinea ovalis (Say, 1817), although I can’t be certain. It is a succineid after all. But, in my experience, the upland habitat is quite typical for Novisuccinea. And, the sole of the foot is orange.
The orange foot isn’t much mentioned in the literature of this species but it does rather rapidly fade in preserved animals. Within a couple of weeks, the orange of my snail had faded to a drab greyish-orange, hardly the vivid colouration of the living snail.
Novisuccinea ovalis. 12 September 2011. Canada: Québec: La Jacques-Cartier: Sanctuaire de Duchesney. 46° 54.005′N, 071° 41.006′W. Mature hardwood forest. Forsyth collection, 11.110.4554.