Cochlodesma leanum (Conrad, 1831) Oval Spoonclam (Right Valves)

Cochlodesma leanum (Conrad, 1831) Oval Spoonclam

Cochlodesma leanum (Conrad, 1831) Oval Spoonclam (Right Valves)

 Beach renourishment, South Hutchison Island, St. Lucie County, Florida, May, 2022. Digital images by Richard Matteson.

    These specimens (41.3 mm. on the top and 49.3 mm. on the bottom left) surpass the size (1 1/2 inches) and southern limit of range (North Carolina) provided by Abbott (1974: 561). Even larger specimens have also been found at the renourishment site. The undersigned doesn't think this find is entirely a fluke as he saw a specimen collected on a Sanibel, Florida beach and exhibited at the annual shell show on that island a couple of decades ago. To his recollection, the exhibitor was oddly underwhelmed by the significance of the sentinel find and the value of the shell show display. Harry G. Lee