My last post for this year.
Recently several new papers have been published by colleagues, of which I here mention two related to Neotropical land snails.
One of my discoveries in the Dautzenberg archive was a series of folders, each containing one or two letters from correspondents of Dautzenberg. He had written the name of the person on the folder, sometimes with an explanation of the position that person held or other notes that were of interest. Here is an example of C.F. Ancey.
In my last paper, I quoted an obscure paper of Whetherbee & Clench (1987) on the Hispaniolan non-marine malacofauna, published privately by the first author and posthumous for the second author. It is a paper that is very difficult to access, and I was glad that some colleagues from the Museum of Comparative Zoology in Boston provided me with a copy. Without further comments. So I made the reference, as papers privately published are rare but not suspicious a priori.
These pictures are of a Drymaeus (Drymaeus) species that Adri??n Gonz??lez spotted near Tandapi, Prov. Pichincha, Ecuador. Although it is difficult to be certain without a ventral view and measurements, it looks very much like D. (D.) petasites (Miller, 1878).
Last weekend I was in Brussels, visiting the exhibition ‘A Story of Deception’ by the Belgian/Mexican artist Francis Al??s. One of the items that stroked me was this snail-like creature as a piece of art.
Francis Al??s lives in Mexico City, where he wanders through the streets. He then became aware that waste is recycled in different forms before it finally ends on a dumping site. He decided to create several objects, of which this snail was one, to see if he could trace them in the flea markets being held in several places in the city. Of the seven objects this snail was one of the three he could trace back.The exhibition stays until 30 January 2011 in WIELS, Center for Contemporary Art (http://www.wiels.org/site2/home.php). Impressive and worth a visit for those readers who may pass by Brussels during this time.
Last week a new paper was published. It has been added in my publication list (www.ashbreure.nl > Welcome > Publications). The paper deals with the taxonomy and anatomy of Coloniconcha prima Pilsbry, 1933 from Hispaniola.
The past two weeks it has been silent here. Not because there was nothing happening, but technicalities prevented me from posting. Sometimes a firewall is too strict to allow outgoing messages…
(a described or figured specimen, used in publication extending or correcting the knowledge of a previously defined species; Frizzel, 1933: 653).
Of the ones with manuscript names two at least were undescribed species. However, of both of them only one specimen was present and the locality was rather vague.
Several taxa described by Nyst and supposedly present here, had not been found so far. However, Rose Sablon, the collection mamager knew there was a separate place were hypotypes were stored. Indeed, the type material IS
index system. Also his personal library and his archive are still intact. This enabled me – with the help of Rose Sablon – to track the origin of the many specimens I found with labels “coll. Cousin”. Auguste Cousin was French, and lived for many years in Ecuador during the second half of the 19th century. He travelled the country extensively (presumably on horseback) and brought together a large collection. He published only once on his results (Cousin, 1887); it is one of the baseline studies for the Ecuadorian malacofauna.
Frizzel, D.L., 1933. Terminology of types. – American Midland Naturalist 14: 637-668.