This picture was taken during bird-watching in the Jorupe Reserve in southern Ecuador. This Fundación Jocotoco reserve on the border of Ecuador and Peru, consists of Tumbesian dry tropical forest. On one of the trees this large species was spotted, which bears some resemblance to Lissachatina fulica. Fortunately, this is not the case; it is a Thaumastus species, which is difficult to identify without additional pictures.
This artistic photo of Cerion uva (L.) on Cura??ao was made by Carel de Haseth. It shows how specimens of the same species which are morphologically very differently can occur in the same population.
Last week a catalogue on the land and freshwater snail from Colombia has been published. The announcement (in Spanish) may be found here: http://alturl.com/n8onz; an interview with one of the authors may be found here: http://alturl.com/vh2nq.
Some journals publish accepted papers immediately online, often without pagination which will only be added when it appears on paper. Today I received such a paper, describing a new Bahiensis species from fossil beds in Uruguay (Cabrera & Martínez, 2012).
Recently a new paper of Watters (2012) was published on Annulariidae from the island of Hispaniola. The abstract is copied below:
Through the courtesy of François van der Hoeven, I received a photograph of a live specimen of Microceramus bonariensis (E.A. Smith, 1898).
Two years ago, we published a first phylogeny of the Orthalicoidea (Breure et al., 2010), in which we used 22 taxa and concluded on five families (with possibly the Megaspiridae as a sixth one). Since then molecular research continued and – together with Pedro Romero – we just published a revised phylogeny, using 74 taxa representing 30 genera (Breure & Romero, 2012).
Today a paper was published by Kabat et al., resolving the problematic taxonomic situation around the Urocoptidae book a few years ago (Torre & Bartsch, 2008).
In the last issue of Archiv f??r Molluskenkunde appeared two papers describing new fossil land shells, respectively from Brazil and Argentina.