Daedalochila auriculata Near Paines Branch South of Tocoi, St. Johns County, Florida

    On December 26, 2009, land snail enthusiast Brian Marshall conducted a survey of far western St. Johns County in an attempt to locate additional sites housing a population of the somewhat elusive Daedalochila auriculata. During the trip he investigated the four bridge approaches to Paines Branch which is located on Counry Road 13 about 0.75 miles south of the intersection of County Road 13 and County Road 214 in Tocoi. He found several Daedalochila auriculata (including two live specimens) on the southeastern bridge approach and an additional three empty shells on the northeastern approach (GPS: 29.50089N 081.33134W - WGS-84 Datum). This reporter and Harry Lee visited the site later the same date and found an additional six specimens on the northeastern bridge approach - including one living specimen. During the respective visits, Daedalochila avara (Say, 1818) Florida Liptooth were found in the same habitat.

Harry Lee peruses the northeastern bridge approach. The view is looking south in the direction of Paines Branch.

Harry Lee peruses the northeastern bridge approach. The view is looking south in the direction of Paines Branch.

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