Thomas Everest Curador

Entrou: 21 de mai. de 2019 Última vez ativo: 24 de mai. de 2022 iNaturalist

I'm a recent alum of Wheaton College and an aspiring field biologist. My strongest interests are in molluscan taxonomy, and I've spent several years working in museum collections. I am most familiar with Californian mollusks, but I enjoy learning about the malacofauna of all regions that I have the privilege of exploring. I'm also currently wrapping up two manuscripts from undergraduate research on the freshwater hydroid Cordylophora.

I love helping out with IDs, but I don't have the time to add or explain as many as I'd like. Please feel free to ask for IDs, explanations, clarifications, or tips on how to take good photos of mollusks. As for my own observations, please let me know how I can take better photos!

In general, I am fascinated by the diversity of life we are blessed with and I love getting outside and exploring it. I'd love to share this with anyone else who is interested.

I have finished identifying:
Banana slugs (see this post)
Lancetooth snails
West Coast Bivalves (Alaska through Baja California)
Santa Barbara County Mollusks (see this site for some terrestrial mollusks)
South Dakota Mollusks

I am currently working on:
Working through taxa with unknown relationships, now that we've added a taxon framework for mollusks.

Eventually I'll get around to identifying:
Caribbean Cyphoma
Vertigo
Thailand mollusks
Northeastern Pacific dove snails
Northeastern Pacific Ocenebrinae
Northeastern Pacific Olivellinae

Here's some publicly available sources that I've found useful for mollusk IDs. Let me know if any of the links are broken or if you'd like anything more specific (there's lots more!).

Marine

Mollusks (various)
Mollusks (Mediterranean)
Mollusks (Pacific Northwest)
Mollusks (Central California)
Mollusks (Southern California) (see this too)
Mollusks (Southwest Florida)
Bivalves (Central California to Oregon)
Pyramidellidae (West Coast)
Epitoniidae (Northeastern Pacific)

Freshwater

Snails (North America) (see this too)
Snails (Montana)
Snails (Wisconsin)
Snails (Illinois)
Physidae
Juga (see this too)
Fluminicola
Bivalves (Montana)
Bivalves (Illinois)
Mussels (North America)
Mussels (Upper Mississippi)
Mussels (Wisconsin) (see this project too)
Mussels (Maryland)
Pea Clams (North America) (see this too)
Zebra vs. Quagga Mussels

Terrestrial

Gastropods (general)
Gastropods (North America) (see this checklist and Pilsbry for more detail: I.i.1, I.i.2, I.ii.1, I.ii.2, II.i.1, II.i.2, II.ii.1, II.ii.2)
Gastropods (Eastern US)
Gastropods (East Coast)
Gastropods (British Columbia)
Gastropods (Montana)
Gastropods (Illinois)
Gastropods (Tennessee)
Gastropods (California)
Gastropods (Channel Islands)
Gastropods (Westmont College)
Snails (Black Hills)
Snails (Minnesota)
Pupilloidea (Eastern North America) (see also Pupilla)
Strophocheilidae
Euconulus (see this too)
Zachrysia
Banana Slugs (and see my post here)

Fossils

Black Hills (map)
California Pliocene–Pleistocene
California Tertiary (Marine Bivalves): a, b, c, d, e
Santa Barbara (map)
Vaqueros Formation (see this too)

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