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  • José H. Leal

"Eastern Seaboard Mollusks" in Social Media

A new Facebook group and Instagram and Twitter accounts were recently created to promote and discuss mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The social media effort is based on "Mobilizing Millions of Marine Mollusks from the Eastern Seaboard (ESB) of the United States," a project recently funded by the National Science Foundation and involving 15 relevant mollusk collections in the country. The Eastern Seaboard of the USA includes 18 states, nearly 6,000 km of coastline, 73,000 km of tidal shoreline and about 3,000 molluscan species, covering the area from the shore to the edge of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone from Canada to Texas. The 4-year project will completely georeference (assign retrievable latitude and longitude data) 535,000 specimen lots representing 4.5 million specimens.

I spearhead the social media committee for the Eastern Seaboard Mollusks project. The committee also includes Dr Rüdiger Bieler (Field Museum of Natural History), Dr Gonzalo Giribet (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University), and Dr Paul Larson (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida.)

Curious? Join the Facebook group at, Instagram at @eastern_seaboard_mollusks, Twitter @EMollusks, and iNaturalist at


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