Truman Alumnus Rediscovers Lost Species

Truman Alumnus Rediscovers Lost Species

January 7, 2016

While kayaking down Alabama’s Cahaba River in 2011, Nathan Whelan (’08) pulled out a unique three-banded shell that resembled the nickel-sized body of a Leptoxis compacta snail. The species was declared extinct in 2000, but Whelan had a hunch the L. compacta, or oblong rocksnail, still lived. After running a few tests and comparing the wild-caught snails to the original species’ description, he was able to confirm what he’d suspected – the oblong rocksnail was not extinct after all.
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