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.

Publicado el noviembre 8, 2022 04:57 TARDE por 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 más de 1 año

Fascinating, thanks for posting Robin!

Publicado por zabbey hace más de 1 año

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