RE: NANFA-L-- freshwater mollusc pages

Jeff Grabarkiewicz (
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 12:11:39 -0800 (PST)

Just to clear a previous post up and if anyone is curious, the purpose of the Maumee Mussel guide is to provide a FREE tool thats comprehensive in terms of identification (as much as possible anyway) and to stimulate interest in aquatics in general.... Unlike other guides, I'm hoping to provide juvenile and adult pictures, multiple views, etc. It won't provide detailed historical distributions, synonymy, etc ...
The Maumee fauna is a nice community to deal with as Todd mentioned, as you can easily wrap your arms around it (~37 species). Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your perspective, we don't have all those crazy Pleurobemas....

I'm sure the Mussels of Ohio will be fantastic as many of us are awaiting it eagerly. However, doing a regional project like this allows us to get a more simplistic guide into the hands of local teachers, naturalists, interested amateurs, and to provide support for them. It also allows us to work with local watershed groups who have access to watershed landowners in those sensitive stream systems like parts of the St Joe. And, of course, who knows if teachers/local naturalists would be willing to spend $40+ dollars on a hardcover book....and how would they find out about it???

I've talked to some Ohio NANFAns who are interested in getting a copy, if anyone else is interested let me know. My email is We hope to have it done by mid-January.

Peace out,

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