New regional study from Venezuela

Recently published: a new paper by Bello-Pulido & Agudo-Padron on the regional malacofauna of northeastern Venezuela. “Although the continental fauna of the Araya Peninsula is considered one of the best documented in the arid zones of Sucre state, the bibliographic record of the diversity of non-marine molluscs is practically non-existent, for this reason the Ecological Research Center of Guayacán (Venezuela) and the Projeto Avulsos Malacológicos (Brazil) recorded samples of terrestrial and freshwater molluscs, fossils, sub-fossils and recent at 80 sampling points in different serum environments during the 2010-2012 and 2017-2018 periods. As a result, 18 species belonging to the Gastropoda class were recorded, distributed in 16 genus and 12 families, represented by 15 native and three introduced species; 14 terrestrial and four freshwater species. The trophophilous forests, xerophilous shrubs and temporary runoffs, housed the largest number of species, followed by temporary lagoons and urban areas. Twelve mollusk species (not invasive) are no longer part of the living fauna and the remaining still persist as a surviving faunistic elements“.

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This is a Spanish publication in a journal that is not readily available, so I am also presenting here the species list.

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There are a few spurious things in the list above (e.g. ‘Kobelt & Schwanheim, 1912’ needs to be Kobelt, 1912 as Schwanheim was the place where he lived; Oxystyla is a junior synonym of Orthalicus, etc.), but as such this is a useful paper given the scanty information that is available on Venezuelan continental species, most literature being > 100 years old.

Bello-Pulido, J.A. & Agudo-Padrón, A.I. 2019*. Aproximación al conocimiento de la malacofauna continental de la Península de Araya, Estado Sucre, Venezuela Nororiental. Boletin del Instituto Oceanográfico de Venezuela 58(1): 29-41.

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