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Name: Mary Ver W.
Status: other
Age: old
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2002


Question:
On the shore of Lake Ontario, New York State, I have found thousands of small shells. They are very small compared to clams. Are these shells from the mussels that have invaded our area. I am 71 years old and do walk a lot and I just found your web page and it has already answered so many questions. thank you so much.


Replies:
I do not have an answer to your question, but it is an interesting observation. I would gather a sample of the shells and send them to one of the following:

1. Department of Natural Resources.

2. A zoology department at a local college / university.

3. Local museum of natural history.

Identification of the origin of such shells requires someone who is knowledgeable about the local lake-life and history of the area.

Vince Calder


If they were brown and white striped, they are zebra mussels.

vanhoeck


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