Monthly Archives: April 2016

Overview species from Dominican Republic and Cuba

Harry Lee posted on the Conch-L site a message on a joint project of Simon Aiken and Bill Frank, who made a selection of land snails from Cuba and the Dominican Republic available through two You Tube videos and two sections of the jaxshells website.

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Here is his post:
“After a prodigious campaign spread over the long weekend, the
peripatetic snailer/nature photographer Simon Aiken and indefatigable
webmaster Bill Frank have completed posting a tour-de-force through
the landscape of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic) focused on
terrestrial snails of two islands, largest of the Greater Antilles.

Here are the appropriate links:

Cuba slide show; try it first if you like.
<> Cuba landing page.

DR slide show; try it first if you like.
<> DR landing page”

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New Brazilian species (2)

The second paper is describing a new species from western Bahia State, with an emended description of the recently described genus Kora, with a revision of species ascribed to it.

“A new species of land snail was recently found in the municipalities of Carinhanha, Serra do Ramalho and Coribe, western Bahia state, Brazil. It is described herein as Kora rupestris n. sp. and can be easily recognized from its congeners by its usually narrower shell and aperture, and especially by its protoconch sculpture pattern. In light of this new discovery, new emended diagnosis and description are provided for the genus Kora, and two taxa previously described under this genus are excluded, being transferred to the genus Drymaeus [D. iracema (Simone, 2015) n. comb. and D. terreus (Simone, 2015) n. comb.]. The region where the new species was found consists of a contact zone of the Caatinga and Cerrado biomes. Such regions are proving to be quite diverse and a more thorough knowledge of their fauna is of utmost importance for future conservation efforts”.


As a consequence of the availability of more material, Kora is now transferred from the family Orthalicidae to the family Bulimulidae.

This paper too was available on the net before the official publication date.

Salvador, R.B. & Simone, L.R.L., 2016. A new species of Kora from Bahia, Brazil (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Orthalicoidea), with an emended diagnosis of the genus. – Stuttgart Beiträge zur Naturkunde A, Neue Serie 9: 1–7.

New Brazilian species (1)

Two papers were just published by Simone and Salvador, of which today the one about species from Minas Gerais. As usual these authors are keen to show the need for conservation of habitats which may house endemic or new species.


“A sample of land snails was recently collected in a fragment of Atlantic rainforest, in the vicinities of the city of Nanuque (north of Minas Gerais state, Brazil), totaling 15 species. The following new species are herein described: Leiostracus carnavalescus n. sp. and Rhinus botocudus n. sp. (Bulimulidae), and Obeliscus boitata n. sp. (Subulinidae), the first two accompanied by anatomical descriptions. Moreover, the geographical ranges of some species are extended to Minas Gerais: Auris bilabiata, Bahiensis cf. bahiensis, Cyclopomops moricandi, Dysopeas muibum, Helicina boettgeri, Helicina variabilis, Prohappia besckei, and Rectartemon piquetensis. The discovery of new species in such a small forest fragment is a clear reminder of how little the Brazilian terrestrial snail fauna is known. It also points to the fact that these few remaining forest fragments may house many new and possibly endemic species and should, therefore, be properly preserved”.


It may be noted that this paper was available on ResearchGate on the 19th April 2016, while the header states as publication date “30.IV.2016”.

Simone, L.R.L. & Salvador, R.B., 2016. Taxonomical study on a sample of land snails from Nanuque (Minas Gerais, Brazil), with descriptions of three new species. – Stuttgart Beiträge our Naturkunde A, Neue Serie 9: 9–30.

New paper published

Together with my colleague Corey Whisson, just published:


A paper with a description of one new species is nothing to be taken too serious, but we are proud to present a novel way of (non-)dissection to study the genitalia: applying micro-CT and reconstruction with dedicated software. As far as we know this is one of the first times this method is applied to (land) molluscs in the context of describing a new species.


Although the results presented here are satisfying, it is not necessarily a quick method and it is also quite laborious. However, in the case of a single or just a few specimens, this may be an alternative for destructive dissection. In this paper we show it as a ‘proof of principle’ for the application of this method.

Whisson, C.S. & A.S.H. Breure, 2016. A new species of Bothriembryon (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Bothriembryontidae) from south-easternmost Western Australia. — ZooKeys 581: 127–140.

Old volumes of NMV journals online

The Netherlands Malacological Society (NMV) issues several journals, among which Basteria and  their member contact journal (now Spirula, formerly Correspondentieblad). These two journals have been digitized and are now available online via Natuurtijdschriften site (with the exception of the most recent issues).

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Via the link ‘uitgebreid zoeken’ you are able to specify your search and find specific authors, keywords or volumes.

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Have fun exploring this new source of digitalized literature!