In a research note to be published next week in the Museum’s shell-science journal The Nautilus, Anton E. Oleinik, José H. Leal, Anne DuPont, and Nuch Uthairat record and discuss the recent finding of the non-indigenous Thrush Cowrie, Naria turdus, in the waters of Lake Worth Lagoon, in Palm Beach County, Florida. The species, which had previously been documented in several Caribbean islands, is native to the Red Sea and western Indian Ocean. It’d be interesting to hear from our readers in case more specimens of this introduced species are found in Florida or elsewhere. Read the paper here.
The Thrush Cowrie in South Florida
Underwater photo of the Naria turdus in Lake Worth lagoon. On December 24, 2022 by Nuch Uthairat.