Venezuelan tepuis are a fascinating environment for land snails, and several new species have been described during recent years. Material from tepuis previously unexplored for their malacofauna comes in occasionally. Earlier this year Phillippe Kok (Free University, Brussels) showed some material from Angasima tepui, and one of the species appeared to be new to science.
Traditionally the end of the year is ‘harvest time’ for papers. A new paper just appeared on the Pleurodontidae from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia; more papers on Neotropical snails are in the pipeline.The new paper by Borrero is a thorough revision of the species from northern Colombia, based on museum collections and field work. Six already described new taxa were recognized in the material, while one new species is described: Isomeria goettingi from Dept. Magdalena, San Lorenzo, 2600 m. Holotype SMF 329554.
Borrero, F.J., 2012. A re-examination of the Pleurodontid land snails from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region, Colombia, with the description of a new species of Isomeria Albers (Gastropoda Pulmonata: Stylommatophora: Pleurodontidae). – Archiv f??r Molluskenkunde 141: 217-231.
Luiz Simone just published a new paper on snails from the semi-arid Caatinga of Bahia, describing four new taxa, including a new genus. The new taxa are belonging to the Orthalicidae (sensu Bouchet and Rocroi 2005) and Megalobulimidae.
The new genus Kora is placed in the Orthalicidae. This genus is compared to Thaumastus [Megaspiridae sensu Breure and Romero 2012] Dryptus, Plekocheilus and Eudolichotis [Amphibulimidae], and Neopetraeus [Bulimulidae]. The assumption that Kora “someday” may be separated “from other orthalicid genera in a proper subfamily or tribe” needs further studies, especially of the anatomy and DNA.
From 18-20 September 2013, the first Argentinan malacological congress (1CAM) will be held in La Plata. It is organized by the Asociaci??n Argentina de Malacologia (ASAM) and the Facultat de Ciencias Naturales y Museo de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP).
The recent report by Bill Frank and Harry Lee of this introduced species around Jacksonville, Florida (also reported at their site http://www.jaxshells.org/gallery5.htm), quite unexpectedly took a new turn. Derek Brown mailed me the following, adding the dimension time to space:
Adolf D??ring was born in 1848 in Hannover (Germany) and was 24 years old when he transferred to Argentina, where he took the name Adolfo Doering. According to Zilch (1967: 32) he studied pharmacy, but donated in 1870 a collection of shells found near Lemgo, a small city in Nordrhein-Westfalen, to the museum in Frankfurt am Main. In Argentina he settled in C??rdoba, where he became Professor of chemistry at the Universidad Nacional. In this figure, edited after Acosta (2006: fig. 1), we see Doering amidst his fellow-founders of the Facultad de Ciencias F??sico-Matem??ticas of the University in 1876.