June 2010 Meeting: Speaker, Paul Krusling Updated Distribution of Softshell Turtles in Ohio
|Date:||June 2, 2010|
|Location:||Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150|
Updated Distribution of Softshell Turtles in Ohio
The Midland Smooth Softshell, Apalone m. mutica, a species of apparent limited distribution in Ohio, had only been documented in nine Ohio counties and five of those (55.5%) records were more than 50 years old. The Eastern Spiny Softshell, Apalone s. spinifera, had been confirmed in 55 of Ohio's 88 counties, but 71% of its Ohio distribution records were more than 30 years old. The paucity of recent distribution records prompted Paul J. Krusling to conduct a survey for these species. Paul will present the results of statewide surveys conducted during 2008 and 2009 for both softshell species as well as incidental records of significance for other turtles.