Saryu Mae Curator

Joined: Nov 28, 2019 Last Active: Aug 02, 2021 iNaturalist NZ

An avid amateur Paleontologist/Malacologist/Marine Biologist/Marine ecologist from Auckland, New Zealand.

I am 14 years old and I have lived in Japan for 12 years until I came to New Zealand where I currently live.

I have been extremely interested in paleontology since I was 5 years old, and my interest extended to malacology, which is the study of recent and fossil molluscs (the group including shells and octopuses).
I am also interested in general Zoology (Echinodermology etc) and Botany, Mineralogy and Geology.

I love exploring intertidal habitats at low tide, or just simply walking beaches, mainly to find Molluscs and Echinoderns.

・All rights reserved: All photos were taken and edited by me. If someone would like to use my photographs for any purposes, please send me a message before using.

・ I mainly post uncommon or interesting species which is not often observed by other observers, instead of common species which can be observed by other people.
Please be aware about it when you see my obs. It means there is no proportional between the rarity of the species and the number of my observations of species. (e.g. I have only one observation of a species which is very common and very easy to find, even though I have multiple observation of a very rare species)

・Feel free to correct me if I made any mistakes in English as it is my second language :)

Some of my simple background photos:

The list of groups I mainly identify: Worldwide Molluscs, especially Tonnoidea, Cypraeidea, Conidae, and all sorts of Molluscs (except micro landsnails) found in New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

Feel free to mention(@) me for identification or correction. Although I am generally weak at Land Snails I can usually suggest family level identifications which might lead a expert on that taxon to find the observation.

These are my favorite places to explore: Whau River in Avondale/Auckland, Northern Manukau Harbour intertidal coasts, Meola Reef in Waitemata Harbour, Omaha Cove Leigh, Pakiri Beach, and all Hauraki Gulf Coasts including Takapuna.

Wellington Shell Club (New Zealand)
NPO Network for Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Natural History (Japan)

An article about deep water fauna and environment of a formation formed in middle Pleistocene(Chibanian) I have co-authored in 2017 (I was in charge of collecting, preserving, identifying of deep-water mollusc fossils from the formation):

前 朝琉 (14 歳)という者です。貝類学・軟体動物学・古生物学・鉱物学などにとても興味があり、また科学全体に興味があります。静岡県出身で、今はニュージーランドのオークランドに住んでいます。

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