Tuesday, July 2, 2013
We stopped the van a little east of the Sunbury County line so that we could be sure that we were in one of the the narrow slices of land that make up the Grand Lake Meadows Protected Natural Area along Highway 105. I walked across the road to investigate a lush patch of Angelica. There they were, about twenty little amber snails less than two centimetres long, crawling on the leaves and stems, and also on blades of grass, in the shade of the Angelica in the mid-afternoon of a very hot day.
These jewel-like land snails are very difficult to identify. We used to think that we could tell the species apart, but now that we know how many taxonomic problems have been found among them, including hybridization, without dissection I can't even tell which genus they belong to - Oxyloma, Succinea, and Novasuccinea are all Succineids, and so my idenentification of these lovely creatures stops here for now at the Family level. Real malacologists are encouraged to offer opinions here in "Comments"
Both of these paintings are now in the collection of the New Brunswick Museum, as well as the specimens.