The Giant African Snail, Lissachatina fulica, has set foot on the island of Cura??ao. In a just published press release, Mr Gerard van Buurt and Dr Mark Vermeij (CARMABI) announced the discovery of these snails in a garden in Oud Jan Thiel on the island.
In the flow of end-of-the-year papers, Thompson & Naranjo-Garc??a made a remarkable one in which they described a new family of semi-slugs from northeastern Mexico, The family, named Echinichidae, currently comprises a new genus, Echinix, three species and is placed in the superfamily Xanthonychoidea.
The terrestrial malacofauna of Chile is relatively poorly known. Hence every new paper sheds light on this interesting part of South America. Landler & Nuñez (2012) are reporting on a collecting trip from Santiago de Chile to the region south of Puerto Montt in 2009/2010. They are contributing distributional data, and ecological observations, with emphasis on terrestrial gastropods imported from Europe and their possible impact.
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.
In some cases it is difficult to recognise a species because no type material is known to compare collected specimens against. Sometimes one has to be lucky, e.g. by finding material in old collections that can be traced back as (probable) types.
Published just before the end of the year, Gargominy & Muratov described three new land snails from French Guiana; one of these species is placed in a new genus.