Robert Cowie, the editor of the Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc specialist group, just announced that the latest issue of Tentacle is out. It can be found here: http://www.hawaii.edu/cowielab/tentacle/Tentacle_19.pdf
This largest issue ever, has several papers that are interesting for Neotropical malacology. It opens with a article by Carranza and colleagues on marine mollusc conservation in South America. Being this beyond the scope of this blog, I mention it here, because Cowie writes in his editorial:
“it deserves publishing here because it potentially represents a watershed for marine mollusc conservation in South America. South America has arguably lagged behind other regions of the world in the assessment and conservation of mollusc biodiversity, but this continent-wide effort to bring together malacologists who are committed to conservation to develop a concerted conservation agenda is a huge step forward. The article, with authors from seven countries, is a timely summary of both the threats the marine molluscs of South America face and the efforts being made to surmount them. It is a landmark effort. We now need a similar collaborative effort to begin to address the South American non-marine molluscs, which are relatively poorly known but which face huge threats, especially from habitat destruction. Who will stand up and lead this?”
This apparently is an appeal that should not and cannot be ignored…
The second paper (p. 10-13) is by Maceira et al. on land molluscs and their conservation in Monte de Palmarito Wildlife Refuge, eastern Cuba. It gives an inventory of this refuge, listing the snail species and the host plants on which Polymita venusta was found.
The third paper (p. 19-20) is entitled “Land snails as flagship and umbrella species for Brasilian Atlantic Forest conservation” by dos Santos. During an interdisciplinary workshop in 2009, three species were proposed as such: Megalobulimus sp., Streptaxis contusus (Férussac, 1821), and Leiostracus perlucidus (Spix, 1827).
The next two papers are by Agudo-Padrón on the mollusc fauna of Santa Catarina State, Brazil; current state of knowledge (p. 22-24), and the need for more population studies (p. 24-26).
A very interesting issue.