California Tidepooler's Alert: Rare Fossil Species Alive (!) in Santa Barbara County

Jeff Goddard's paper, and a nice article from UCSB, came out yesterday. Congratulations Jeff!

What to look for: Cymatioa cooki is a beautiful little clam with a long, white-striped foot. It was first seen in November 2018, and the other specimens were also found Nov-Mar, so winter might be a good time to spot more of these beauties.

The easy read:

Jeff's paper:

I was honored to be tidepooling with Jeff on the day he found the first one, and got a bit of video that shows it's odd, vigorous way of moving. The audio also captures our puzzlement and the fact that I may have seen another one earlier that day, but was too busy hunting for nudibranchs to realize what I'd seen! Classic me.

Posted on 08 de noviembre de 2022 by anudibranchmom anudibranchmom


That's so jaw-dropping, Robin. Congratulations to Jeff, and to you for getting to see the tiny thing.

Publicado por jmaughn hace 5 meses (Marca)

Fascinating, thanks for posting Robin!

Publicado por zabbey hace 5 meses (Marca)

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