Re: NANFA-- Mussels

Pete Liptrot (
Mon, 2 Sep 2002 23:47:15 +0100

> It doesn't hold it's legs tight to the bod as this one does..
> but that may be a hunting stance? and if that pics is true size, it's a
> twice the size of the biggest of these that I've seen. And I didn't
> a "tail".
That pic is about twice natural size for the ones I'm familiar with, and the
same is true for the ones I saw in the St. Lawrence this year, so it looks
like U.S. spp. may be pretty much the same.
That stance in the pic is a "I'm a dead leaf, leave me alone or put me back
in the water" stance.

> My bug seemed wider and shorter...shaped more like the shield
> on a US highway sign....not the interstate signs...a route 66 sign?
OK, sounds more like a Saucer Bug, or even an Aphelocheirus sp.
Watch out, they can nip if you handle them!
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