Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) At Arlington Park Cemetery Lake

    During a visit to Arlington on March 28, 2017, this reporter decided to stop by the cemetery lake to look for snails as had been accomplished at least yearly for nearly a decade. Considering my lack of success in the past, expectations weren't high. Much to my surprise fresh Channeled Apple Snail eggs were again present in the exact same location where they were found nearly ten years earlier but once again no actual snails could be found. Determined to finally bring closure to the cemetery snail mystery, it was decided to circumnavigate the lake to see what could be found. An empty Pomacea shell was soon discovered and retrieved from the lake. Shortly thereafter two live specimens were found stranded on a grate at the lake outflow to Red Bay Branch in Tree Hill Nature Center. A deceased fourth specimen was also collected nearby. Between 3/28 - 4/2/2017 several additional visits were made to the lake and ultimately a total of three live specimens and four empty shells were found. Interestingly, two of the specimens were malleated. Further surveys are anticipated.

Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) on grate

Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) eggs

Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822)

Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822)