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New paper: Pfeiffer bibliography

Just published: the bibliography of Louis Pfeiffer. “Carl Georg Ludwig Pfeiffer (1805–1877) was one of the most productive authors on (mainly non-marine) molluscs during the mid-19th century, describing an estimated 3,000 taxa. As a first step in making his legacy accessible, we present a bibliography of his malacological publications (452 items in total). His serial books and journal publications are listed separately, and we present a collation of the Malakozoologische Blätter and Malakozoologische Blätter: Neue Folge“.

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The next step will be an inventory of all species described from the Cuming collection.

Neubert, E., Breure, A.S.H., Ablett, J.D. & Bank, R.A., 2020. The malacological contributions of Louis Carl Georg Pfeiffer (1805–1877): a bibliography, with a collation of the publication dates of the Malakozoologische Blätter. – Archiv für Molluskenkunde 149(1): 75-102.

Where is the Miller collection?

Just published: a paper on Konrad Miller, giving a short biography and a list of described taxa. Most of his fossil material has been located, but for me the big question is: where is the Miller collection with Recent material from Ecuador?

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The above label shows his handwriting, and can thus be a guidance for searches in museums. Likely in Germany, but I also probed the Salzburg collection (in vain!) as he bequeathed in later life his legacy to Salzburg University.

Any suggestions about his Ecuadorian material would be very helpful.

Breure, A.S.H. A little-known German naturalist: Konrad Miller (1844-1933) and his malacological contributions.  Archiv für Molluskenkunde, 148 (2): 129-136.

Crosse bio-bibliography

Hippolyte Crosse is for many malacologists a well-known name, but only limited information is until now published about his life and work. Just published: an extensive biography with data on his collection and his work for the Journal de Conchyliologie, his correspondents, an extended collation of this Journal for the years 1850-1900, an analysis of the subscribers to this Journal in the same period, a comparison with the German journal Malakozoologische Blätter, a collation of the molluscan parts of the Mission au Mexique et Guatemala (1870-1902), and a bibliography of Crosse’s publications.

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We trust this will be useful for many malacologists, not only those interested in Neotropical snails.

Breure A. S. H. & Fontaine B., 2019. Joseph Charles Hippolyte Crosse (1826–1898) and his contributions to malacology: a biography and bibliography. Colligo, 2(3) [Hors Serie 1]. Link to online full-text


Dates of Biologia Centrali-Americana

During the late 19th century several works were published on Mexico and Central America, having had much attention of naturalist and as a result of some expeditions. One of the most extensive was the series published under the editorship of Frederick Godman and Osbert Salvin, entitled Biologia Centrali-Americana (BCA). This was a enormous work which finally comprised 63 volumes; one of them was written by Eduard von Martens on land and freshwater snails.

Although the work was issued in parts, with a date printed, the correct dates of publication are often deviating and can only be reconstructed when original wrappers are found in a library. By serendipity I found a paper by Lyal (2011) which gives the full details of all volumes, parts and plates. For convenience I reproduce here the data on the molluscan volume in BCA 9:

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Lyal C.H.C., 2011. The dating of the Biologia Centrali-Americana. Zoological Bibliography 1 (2): 67-100.

Xolotrema and the collation of Ferussac’s ‘Histoire naturelle…’

Harry Lee regularly adds insightful tidbits which go way beyond the limited distribution of the home-made journal in which he publish them. One such tidbit is the correct publication date of a Polygyrid snail occurring in Florida and described by Férussac. While has has struggled to get everything right, he now presents an updated collation of Férussac’s Histoire naturelle…, which deserves a wider audience. Reason why I copy his whole article here in this blogpost.

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Lee, H.S., 2018. Xolotrema denotatum (Férussac, 18xx), its iconography and taxonomy – resolution. – Shell-O-Gram, 59 (4):2-4.

Tautonyms of Jousseaume

Just published: a paper on Jousseaume’s tautonyms by Leo van Gemert and myself.

We present a short biography of Félix-Pierre Jousseaume (12 April 1835-3 November 1921) and an addition to his bibliography. He published in total 138 malacological and 21 non-malacological articles or books. In the appendix additional references are listed in comparison with an earlier published preliminary bibliography. Jousseaume received many comments from other malacologists, especially for his tautonyms. Critical remarks from Weinkauff, Tryon, Woodward and Mellvill, and one comment from Jousseaume, are cited.

In total Jousseaume published 28 new species-level taxa as primary, absolute taunonyms (new genus and new species) and 24 secondary ones (22 with a new genus and 2 with a new species name). The virtual tautonyms (with almost identical genus and species names) are not discussed. However, for four taxa of Jousseaume it is unclear if the taxon is a tautonym or a virtual tautonym. In our view the problems were caused by carelessness of Jousseaume. These four taxa are discussed extensively and a conclusion is presented on the correct name. The results are shown in the tables with the original name (invariably the tautonym), source of the original name, and the present view on the taxon with the source and (explanatory) remarks”.

Gemert, L.J. van & Breure, A.S.H., 2017. The tautonyms of Jousseaume: a taxonomical studt. – Folia conchyliologica, 42: 14-23.

Bibliographical data on Orbigny’s ‘Voyage etc.’

In a hardly known journal, Zoological Bibliography, I found a paper by Dickinson (2017) providing more details on the data of Orbigny’s Voyage dans l’Amérique meriodionale’. The paper relates to different parts of this series, but I copy here only the text on the molluscan part.

Interesting is also a second paper by the same author, dealing with the publication data of related work by d’Orbigny on birds, which sheds some light on the difficulty of dating the issues of the ‘Magasin de zoologie’.

Dickinson, E.C., 2017. A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale” I. The contents of the parts of the volumes on natural history. – Zoological Bibliography 5: 1-12.
Dickinson, E.C., 2017. A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale” II. On the composition of the 1837 and 1838 volumes of the ‘Magasin de Zoologie’. – Zoological Bibliography 5: 13-37.

Philippi and his malacological contribution

Just published in the latest issue of the journal Malacologia: two papers authored by Coan and Kabat on the life of Rudolph Amandus Philippi (1808-1904) and his contributions to malacology.

This paper provides a biography of Rudolph Amandus Philippi (1808–1904), emphasizing his malacological research and his contributions to the natural history of Chile. Philippi is one of the most important, yet overlooked malacologists of the 19th century. He authored significant publications on the Recent and fossil molluscs of Sicily; the Oligocene fossil molluscs of northern Germany; the Jurassic to Recent molluscs of Chile, and marine molluscs from around the world. Philippi was also an instrumental contributor to both the Zeitschrift für Malakozoologie and the second edition of the Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet, and he founded the Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer oder wenig gekannter Conchylien”.

Rudolph Amandus Philippi (known in Chile as Rodulfo Amando Philippi), was one of the longest-lived and most prolific malacologists of the 19th century, as his scientific work began in Germany in the 1830s and continued unabated until his death in Chile in 1904. Philippi contributed significantly to malacology: he described over 2,500 new taxa of Recent and fossil molluscs from around the world (2,528 species, 40 genera and three families), particularly from Italy and Chile, and discussed numerous taxa described by other authors. Philippi initially published primarily on Recent and fossil molluscs from Europe in the 1830s, then expanded to marine molluscs from around the world by the 1840s. In 1851, Philippi escaped the German Revolution by emigrating to Chile, where in 1853 he became the director of what is now the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (Santiago) and a professor at the Universidad de Chile. Philippi’s contributions to malacology after his move to Chile were primarily on the fossil molluscs of Chile. Philippi also made significant contributions to the systematics of numerous other animal taxa as well as in botany. In a companion paper (Kabat & Coan, 2017), we provide an analysis of Philippi’s life and scientific contributions. This paper catalogs Philippi’s malacological publications and taxa”.

The authors undoubtedly have made a grand effort to bring Philippi to life, both in uncovering some unknown or obscure aspects about his life, and by bringing together a insightful review of his malacological legacy.

Coan, E.V. & Kabat, A.R., 2017. The Malacological Contributions of Rudolph Amandus Philippi (1808–1904). – Malacologia, 60(1–2):31-322.
Kabat, A.R. & Coan, E.V., 2017. The Life and Work of Rudolph Amandus Philippi (1808–1904). – Malacologia, 60(1–2):1-30.

Cerion website

Sometimes serendipity leads to pleasant surprises. By mere chance I got a hint about the Cerion website that is hosted at the Smithsonian Institute (http://invertebrates.si.edu/Cerion/).


It was set up years ago at the time when Stephen Gould was an active researcher on Cerion. Now it is maintained by Jerry Harasewych (SI/USNM), mainly known by his interests for marine molluscs. But I learned that he is also actively involved in Cerion research, and that is a pleasant surprise too.

Cerion are remarkably well suited to studies on many aspects of evolution, population genetics, parapatric and allopatric differentiation.

The purpose of this website is to facilitate such studies by providing taxonomic, biogeographic and bibliographic information about the family Cerionidae. Included is a searchable database of all taxa proposed within the family Cerionidae. Entries for species level taxa provide an abbreviated synonymy that is linked to the bibliography, the text [and if needed an English translation] of the original description, five views of the primary type specimen, as well as information on the type locality and distribution. Also included are links that will enable the user to search the holdings of major museums, and GenBank.

Geographical search features allow the user to examine and identify the named taxa from each island from whichCerion has been reported either by selecting from a list of islands of through the use of a map. A comprehensive bibliography of the Cerionidae is also included.

I give some examples of the different sorts of information that may be found on the site, viz. name view, map view, bibliographic view, and original description.
This website is a gem! Although I must be remembered that it is the result of decades of research and powered by a well-endowed institute, I consider it as an inspiring example for other Neotropical groups. A recommended source of information!