Saryu Mae Curator

Joined: Nov 28, 2019 Last Active: Jan 20, 2022 iNaturalist NZ

An identifier / observer of Molluscs

I am an avid amateur malacologist / a high school student being 15 years old, living in New Lynn, West Auckland, New Zealand. Learning and researching about molluscs and other invertebrates is as important as my life for me.

I am always happy to be asked about molluscs from anywhere, including those of marine, terrestrial and freshwater.

If you have any questions/identification requests or disagreements, please feel free to contact me.

My observations of specimen shells, mostly from my collection

My mollusc observations, including in situ photography as well as specimen photos

My main interests are Malacology, Paleontology, Marine Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Geology, Botany and other general sciences.
For 2022, I am trying to observe as many species of wild organisms within Auckland, especially millipedes, insects, mites, spiders, all the soil animals, and of course molluscs!

I always appreciate any disagreeing identifications, and I either try to discuss in comments or simply agree with those.

・Reasons of why I add IDs to old observations, even if they are already identified and being "research grade"
In Inaturalist community, it is not uncommon to see mistake identifications.

It happens most often when people uses automatic identifier, and sometimes these identifications can be simply agreed by someone else and become research grade.
Because these mistakes are common and many "research grade" observations are not too reliable, I have been trying to go through all the past mollusc observations and agreeing for correct ones, suggesting a new ID for the ones I find incorrect.

I aim to add as many accurate mollusc identifications as I can, so I can be notified when someone adds disagreeing ID or comments which should be considered. This is extremely important as the observation will have imprecise community ID if left with no agreements without noticed by anyone.

About me
I born and lived in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan for 12 years until I came to New Zealand in 2019 where I currently live. I can communicate in English or Japanese.

I have been particularly interested in geology and paleontology since I was 5 years old, and my interest extended to malacology, which is the study of recent and fossil molluscs (a group of animal including snails, bivalves and octopuses).
I am also very interested in general invertebrate Zoology (Echinodermology etcetra) and Botany, Mineralogy and Geology.

All rights reserved
All the photography I post on Inaturalist were taken and edited only by me unless there is a note of using someone else's photograph.
I am normally very happy with anyone wanting to use any of my photos, however please contact me on either messages or comments beforeusing.
Majority of my photos were taken with Olympus TG-6 and its attachment LG-1, which I always recommend for photography of small organisms without using expensive macro lenses.

Taxon Changes
As a curator, I update Inaturalist's database to the newest taxonomic tree, based on Molluscabase. Feel free to mention me if any taxon changes of molluscs were needed.

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

Kenji YOKOYAMA and Saryu MAE. 2018. Shell fossils and the sedimentation environment of the shell fossil dense layer of The Middle Pleistocene Negoya Formation
at Negoya in the Udo Hill, Shizuoka City, central Japan

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

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Twitter (日本語)


(About me in Japanese)

前 朝琉 (15 歳)という者です。無脊椎動物学(特に貝類学)・古生物学・鉱物学などにとても興味があり、それ以外の科学関連にも興味があります。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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