Thomas Everest Curador

Unido: 21.may.2019 Última actividad: 26.sep.2022 iNaturalist

I'm a recent alum of Wheaton College (IL), and I'm currently a lab tech at Cornell University working with fungal pathogens of the spotted lanternfly and other invasive insects. My strongest interests are in molluscan systematics, and I spent several years working in museum collections. I am most familiar with Californian mollusks, but I enjoy learning about the malacofauna of all regions that I have the privilege of exploring. I'm also currently wrapping up two manuscripts from undergraduate research on the freshwater hydroid Cordylophora.

I love helping out with IDs, but I don't have the time to add or explain as many as I'd like. Please feel free to ask for IDs, explanations, clarifications, or tips on how to take good photos of mollusks. As for my own observations, please let me know how I can take better photos!

In general, I am fascinated by the diversity of life we are blessed with and I love getting outside and exploring it. I'd love to share this with anyone else who is interested—let me know if you're in the Ithaca area and would like to introduce me to the region!

I have finished identifying:
Banana slugs (see this post)
Lancetooth snails
West Coast Bivalves (Alaska through Baja California)
Santa Barbara County Mollusks (see this site for some terrestrial mollusks)
South Dakota Mollusks

I am currently working on:
Working through taxa with unknown relationships, now that we've added a taxon framework for mollusks.

Eventually I'll get around to identifying:
Caribbean Cyphoma
Thailand mollusks
Northeastern Pacific dove snails
Northeastern Pacific Ocenebrinae
Northeastern Pacific Olivellinae

Here's some publicly available sources that I've found useful for mollusk IDs. Let me know if any of the links are broken or if you'd like anything more specific (there's lots more!).


Mollusks (various)
Mollusks (Mediterranean)
Mollusks (Pacific Northwest)
Mollusks (Central California)
Mollusks (Southern California) (see this too)
Mollusks (Southwest Florida)
Bivalves (Central California to Oregon)
Pyramidellidae (West Coast)
Epitoniidae (Northeastern Pacific)


Snails (North America) (see this too)
Snails (Montana)
Snails (Wisconsin)
Snails (Illinois)
Juga (see this too)
Bivalves (Montana)
Bivalves (Illinois)
Mussels (North America)
Mussels (Upper Mississippi)
Mussels (Wisconsin) (see this project too)
Mussels (Maryland)
Pea Clams (North America) (see this too)
Zebra vs. Quagga Mussels


Gastropods (general)
Gastropods (North America) (see this checklist and Pilsbry for more detail: I.i.1, I.i.2, I.ii.1, I.ii.2, II.i.1, II.i.2, II.ii.1, II.ii.2)
Gastropods (Eastern US)
Gastropods (East Coast)
Gastropods (British Columbia)
Gastropods (Montana)
Gastropods (Illinois)
Gastropods (Tennessee)
Gastropods (California)
Gastropods (Channel Islands)
Gastropods (Westmont College)
Snails (Black Hills)
Snails (Minnesota)
Pupilloidea (Eastern North America) (see also Pupilla)
Euconulus (see this too)
Banana Slugs (and see my post here)


Black Hills (map)
California Pliocene–Pleistocene
California Tertiary (Marine Bivalves): a, b, c, d, e
Santa Barbara (map)
Vaqueros Formation (see this too)

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