Daedalochila auriculata at Riverdale Park South of Tocoi, St. Johns County, Florida

    On December 27, 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 visited Riverdale County Park, which is located on County Road 13 about two miles south of the intersection of County Road 13 and County Road 214 in Tocoi. On the east side of the road opposite the north end of the park (GPS: 29.49283N 081.33107W - WGS-84 datum) he found 16 Daedalochila auriculata including two live specimens.

    This reporter, accompanied by Harry Lee, Ed Cavin, and Amy and Wayne Van Devender, visited the site the next day and found a large number of Daedalochila auriculata, their apparent eggs, as well as specimens of Daedalochila avara (Say, 1818) Florida Liptooth. Euglandina rosea (Férussac, 1821) Rosy Wolfsnail eggs were also found in the same general area.

    Pictured below is the Daedalochila habitat looking north in the direction of Tocoi. Pictured, left to right, are Amy Van Devender, Harry G. Lee and Dr. Wayne Van Devender. The Van Devenders were visiting from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

Daedalochila auriculata habitat at Riverdale Park


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