This post is about some recent new papers, very mixed with subjects related to the Neotropics.
The first one is a brief paper with a new species of Cyclodontina from Brazil by Salvador & Simone (2014), viz. C. tapuia from Bahia, Bom Jesus da Lapa.
Araya (2015) just published an update on invasive snails in Chile. The abstract reads: “A new introduced species, Otala punctata (Müller, 1774) and new records in Chile for Cornu aspersum (Müller, 1774) and Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774) are documented based on surveys carried out in northern and central areas of the country. The presence and distribution of these alien species are complemented with a comprehensive compilation of all 34 non-indigenous species of marine, freshwater and terrestrial Mollusca in Chile; until 1999, only 16 alien species were known in Chile. Most of these alien species are found exclusively in transformed habitats, few exist in natural environments. The mechanism of introduction for the majority of these non-indigenous species is unknown; however, horticultural development, urban and suburban transformation of original natural habitats, and the aquarium trade are the most likely pathways of introduction. The highest threat of alien species is direct competition and predation of native molluscs, especially the small native land gastropods. Education and continuous field surveys are vital to detect and prevent their propagation as well as to avoid introduction of additional alien taxa”.
Finally, there is a brief paper by Hausdorff (2015) who shows that misidentifications can lead to faunal misallocations, in this case a Neotropical Bulimulus species was classified as a Palearctic Enidae.
Araya, J.F., 2015. Current status of the non-indigenous mollusks in Chile, with the first record of Otala punctata (Müller, 1774) (Gastropoda: Helicidae) in the country and new records for Cornu aspersum (Müller, 1774) and Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774). – Journal of Natural History (advance online access: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2015.1006703).
Hausdorf, B., 2015. The supposed Transcaucasian endemic Adzharia renschi Hesse, 1933 is a South American Bulimulus species (Gastropoda, Bulimulidae). – Malacologia 58: 363-364.
Salvador, R.B. & Simone, L.R.L., 2014. New species of Cyclodontina from Bahia, Brazil (Gastropoda, Odontostomidae). – Iheringia Zoologia 104: 484-487.