After browsing "Marine Fauna" I was flabbergasted at how many ubiquitous/frequent/common species I am supposedly missing and so I determined I was going to get at least one or two of them! So it was that I scored a new mollusc yesterday with the massive Onoba semicostata. This entailed picking up every rock and peering over my specs until I found
Your browser settings may determine how many times life size this appears. They are 2x1 mm typically, and indeed mine were. There are a number of other such snails, and tiny crabs (and tiny everything). With so many of our fauna being very small I'm slowly adjusting to the fact that making my scan image much smaller is an important field skill. As is grilling every square mm of substrate.
I had a Jaera before but "Fish & Fish" wasn't particularly helpful. When I realised the Fauna had much more info I braved it and found that taking into account characters, habitat and distribution I could be fairly confident that these are Jaera albifrons.
Tricky situation today. From yesterday's tide I know that it will be very low at lunchtime today. It's also sunny. I need clones to catch flies and flip rocks. With a bit of luck I'll find flies on rocks, though I'll need several nets. I look more and more like Inspector Gadget.
|479||*||alga||Cladophora rupestris||A marine alga|
|480||*||cnidarian||Clytia hemisphaerica||A hydroid|
|481||alga||Polysiphonia fucoides||A seaweed|
|482||lichen||Collemopsidium foveolatum||A lichen|
|483||mollusc||Littorina obtusata||Flat Periwinkle|
|484||*||cnidarian||Phialella quadrata||A hydroid|
|485||*||mollusc||Onoba semicostata||A marine snail|
|486||*||crustacean||Jaera albifrons||A marine isopod|