Marine Life on Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, NYC

I was very fortunate that an iNat friend of mine was kind enough to drive myself and my husband on an iNat outing this Sunday. We stopped at three places, but our main destination was Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, off of the Belt Parkway. Plumb Beach is named after the Beach Plums which used to grow profusely there. Plumb Beach faces across the water to the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

The beach was very rich in beach drift of all kinds of marine organisms, including 19 species of marine mollusks, but also several species of crabs, as well as other invertebrates, and I even made observations of a few birds and salt-tolerant plants.

I found one shell of a Dove Snail which almost never occurs this far west on Long Island, so that was thrilling.

I also found one valve of a species of Venus Clam which supposedly does not occur at all on the East Coast. -- the Japanese Littleneck, aka the Manilla Clam. I suppose that valve was probably just a remnant of someone's seafood dinner or lunch.

Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, November 11, 2020 21:17

Observations

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American Marram Grass (Ammophila breviligulata)

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November 8, 2020 12:39 PM EST

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West Atlantic Surfclam (Spisula solidissima)

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November 8, 2020 12:42 PM EST

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Northern Moon Snail (Euspira heros)

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November 8, 2020 12:43 PM EST

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Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

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November 8, 2020 01:09 PM EST

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Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)

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November 8, 2020 01:09 PM EST

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Common Atlantic Slippersnail (Crepidula fornicata)

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November 8, 2020 01:10 PM EST

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Shark Eye (Neverita duplicata)

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November 8, 2020 01:13 PM EST

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Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis)

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November 8, 2020 01:14 PM EST

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Japanese Littleneck (Ruditapes philippinarum)

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November 8, 2020 01:15 PM EST

Description

This looks as if it washed up here but these are not known to occur on the East Coast of the US.

Perhaps instead the shell is what is left over from a human’s seafood dinner?? Are these sold as frozen clams? Or stuffed clams?

I did some online research, and I discovered I could order a dozen live clams of this species delivered to me for only $8.00.

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Eastern White Slippersnail (Crepidula plana)

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November 8, 2020 01:16 PM EST

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Convex Slippersnail (Crepidula convexa)

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November 8, 2020 01:17 PM EST

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Threeline Mudsnail (Ilyanassa trivittata)

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November 8, 2020 01:18 PM EST

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Asian Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus)

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November 8, 2020 01:19 PM EST

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November 8, 2020 01:19 PM EST

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Boring Sponges (Family Clionaidae)

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November 8, 2020 01:19 PM EST

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Boring Sponges (Family Clionaidae)

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November 8, 2020 01:20 PM EST

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West Atlantic Surfclam (Spisula solidissima)

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November 8, 2020 01:20 PM EST

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Serpulid Tubeworms (Family Serpulidae)

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November 8, 2020 01:20 PM EST

Description

And Bryozoa.

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Convex Slippersnail (Crepidula convexa)

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November 8, 2020 01:21 PM EST

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Well-ribbed Dove Snail (Costoanachis translirata)

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November 8, 2020 01:22 PM EST

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Threeline Mudsnail (Ilyanassa trivittata)

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November 8, 2020 01:23 PM EST

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Eastern Mudsnail (Ilyanassa obsoleta)

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November 8, 2020 01:23 PM EST

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Red Algae (Phylum Rhodophyta)

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November 8, 2020 01:24 PM EST

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Northern Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria)

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November 8, 2020 01:25 PM EST

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Portly Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata)

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November 8, 2020 01:30 PM EST

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Portly Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata)

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November 8, 2020 01:31 PM EST

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Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)

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November 8, 2020 01:31 PM EST

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Bryozoans (Phylum Bryozoa)

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November 8, 2020 01:32 PM EST

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Transverse Ark (Anadara transversa)

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November 8, 2020 01:33 PM EST

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Channeled Whelk (Busycotypus canaliculatus)

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November 8, 2020 01:39 PM EST

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West Atlantic Surfclam (Spisula solidissima)

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November 8, 2020 01:40 PM EST

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Northern Moon Snail (Euspira heros)

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November 8, 2020 01:43 PM EST

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Atlantic Jackknife (Ensis leei)

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November 8, 2020 01:43 PM EST

Description

There were lots of large empty shells of this species in superb condition on this beach.

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Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)

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November 8, 2020 01:47 PM EST

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Atlantic Jackknife (Ensis leei)

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November 8, 2020 01:47 PM EST

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Channeled Whelk (Busycotypus canaliculatus)

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November 8, 2020 01:48 PM EST

Description

We cut them open but there were no embryonic shells inside, so maybe either the baby snails had already hatched out, or perhaps the eggs had not been fertilized in the first place.

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Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)

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November 8, 2020 01:49 PM EST

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Eastern White Slippersnail (Crepidula plana)

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November 8, 2020 01:51 PM EST

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Atlantic Ribbed Mussel (Geukensia demissa)

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November 8, 2020 01:51 PM EST

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Bryozoans (Phylum Bryozoa)

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November 8, 2020 01:52 PM EST

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Soft-shelled Clam (Mya arenaria)

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November 8, 2020 01:54 PM EST

Description

About maximum size for this species.

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Soft-shelled Clam (Mya arenaria)

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November 8, 2020 01:54 PM EST

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Just about maximum size for this species.

Birds

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Birds (Class Aves)

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November 8, 2020 01:56 PM EST

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False Angelwing (Petricolaria pholadiformis)

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November 8, 2020 02:00 PM EST

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Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)

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November 8, 2020 02:02 PM EST

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Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)

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November 8, 2020 02:02 PM EST

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Red Algae (Phylum Rhodophyta)

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November 8, 2020 02:03 PM EST

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Parchment Tubeworms (Family Chaetopteridae)

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November 8, 2020 02:08 PM EST

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Northern Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria)

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November 8, 2020 02:09 PM EST

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Sea Lettuces (Genus Ulva)

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November 8, 2020 02:10 PM EST

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Red Algae (Phylum Rhodophyta)

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November 8, 2020 02:11 PM EST

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Brant (Branta bernicla)

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November 8, 2020 02:11 PM EST

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Serpulid Tubeworms (Family Serpulidae)

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November 8, 2020 02:12 PM EST

Description

Inside a valve of Ensis leei.

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Bryozoans (Phylum Bryozoa)

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November 8, 2020 02:12 PM EST

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Brant (Branta bernicla)

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November 8, 2020 02:14 PM EST

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Lady Crab (Ovalipes ocellatus)

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November 8, 2020 02:15 PM EST

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Portly Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata)

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November 8, 2020 02:18 PM EST

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Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

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November 8, 2020 02:19 PM EST

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Brant (Branta bernicla)

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November 8, 2020 02:19 PM EST

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Hydrozoans (Class Hydrozoa)

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November 8, 2020 02:19 PM EST

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???

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Asian Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus)

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November 8, 2020 02:20 PM EST

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Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)

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November 8, 2020 02:21 PM EST

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Striped Barnacle (Amphibalanus amphitrite)

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November 8, 2020 02:21 PM EST

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Wrinkled Barnacle (Balanus crenatus)

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November 8, 2020 02:24 PM EST

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Blood Ark (Lunarca ovalis)

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November 8, 2020 02:28 PM EST

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Sea Spaghettis (Genus Gracilariopsis)

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November 8, 2020 03:00 PM EST

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Common Loon (Gavia immer)

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November 8, 2020 03:07 PM EST

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Red Beard Sponge (Clathria prolifera)

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November 8, 2020 03:07 PM EST
Mollusks

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Molluscs (Phylum Mollusca)

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November 8, 2020 04:02 PM EST

Description

A few of the shells and shell fragments that I found on Plumb Beach.

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