Dunn Creek On Starratt Road, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

      Acting on a tip from a fellow enthusiast, Brian Marshall, on 12/4/2009 this reporter visited Dunn Creek on Starratt Road in the northern part of the county where the previous day he had found evidence of a Pomacea paludosa (Say, 1829) [Florida Applesnail] population while out exploring. Upon arrival, Brian's observations were quickly confirmed when a single empty Pomacea paludosa shell was found next to the creek on the south side of the bridge. However, further exploration failed to yield any additional specimens or other evidence that a living population was still present. A follow-up visit was made to the site on 3/27/2010 and two additional empty shells were found. It would appear that the Pomacea population at this location, if a breeding population is in fact still present, is quite small.

Dunn Creek looking downstream (south) from the Starratt Road bridge to where the empty Pomacea shell was found