Short Subjects from March,
of the American Museum
The molluscan collections at the American Museum of Natural
History were dealt a double blow this year, with the death of
Senior Research Assistant and Collections Manager Walter Sage
and the retirement of Department Chairman William K. Emerson.
Part of the great void left by the loss of these two malacological
leaders has been filled by Yae Ri Kim, who has been hired in
Walter's position as manager of the volunteer staff who work
with the collections. Born in Seoul, Korea, Yae Ri grew up in
Hawaii, then did her undergraduate work in biology and marine
biology at the University of Southern California, and her graduate
work in physiology at Georgetown University.
Publishes Cone Articles
Cone collectors are having a field day! Now, along with the
new Manual of the Conidae, Vol. 1, everything's coming up cones!
The Argonauta, quarterly journal of the International Association
of Malacology (A.M.I.), has three cone articles in recent issues.
E. Rolán and G. Raybaudi Massila have "Spawning
and Development of Mediterranean Conus: aquarium observations"
in the Vol. IX (1-6) June 1995 issue, and the whole of Vol.
VIII is a Conus number. December 1994 (7-12) contains D. Röckel's
Conus tuberculosus Tomlin, 1937, a disregarded Conus species"
and the 61-page extensive "New Investigation on the radular
teeth of Conus -- Part II" by Rolán and Massila,
heavily illustrated with full-page color plates of Conus. (Part
I was published in Vol VIII, No. 1-6, along with W. Korn's "An
attempt in SEM Studies of Conus Egg Capsules.") For more
information about these articles or for a subscription ($50.00
per year to U.S.), write Roberto Ubaldi, President, A.M.I.,
Vicolo del Fosso del Fontanile, 20, 1125 Acilia, Roma, Italy.
A Delsaerdt, editor of the Belgian Society for Conchology's
fine publication, Gloria Maris, and L. Steppe have done a special
issue of Gloria Maris on "Shells of the Belgian Coast."
With 8 full color plates, and scientific and common name and
description for each species, this 20-page publication is a
real help in identifying shells from this region. No English
edition is available, but Dutch or French versions may be ordered
from the senior author, A. Delsaerdt at Stationstraat 10, 3200
Aarschot, Belgium. Tel: 016/56.19.70. No price given.
Lure of the
If Liguus are your passion, this one's for you. Lure of the
Liguus: The Florida Tree Snails by Henry Close has been publishd
by Of Sea and Shore Publications. With three color plates and
a color cover, 30 black and white plates, maps, tables, figures
and more, it should prove a helpful guide for any lig aficionado.
It's $19.95, plus $3.00 U.S. postage. Order from Of Sea and
Shore at P.O. Box 219, Port Gamble, WA 98364-0219.
RAISING CLAMS has become a project for the Australian Navy,
that is, raising giant clams, Tridacna gigas, up out of artificial
breeding grounds off Orpheus Island and moving them to a secret
location on the Great Barrier Reef. The object of this exercise,
for which the navy used large landing craft, was to help the
endangered animals make a comeback. About 3,000 (20 tons) of
the clams were moved in this secret maneuver, according to Anne
Miller in the Pacific Shell Club Newsletter, in order to protect
the clams from poachers who are fishing them to extinction.
Species Named for COA Members
Donn Tippett's paper in The Nautilus (V. 109, No. 4), Dec. 29,
1995, "Taxonomic Notes on the Western Atlantic Turridae
(Gastropoda : Conoidea)," names six new species of Turridae
(and discusses and illustrates some previously described species).
Three of these species are named for members of the Conchologists
of America. Sediliopsis riosi, dredged off Sao Paulo, Brasil,
is named for Dr. Eliezer de C. Rios. Clathurella eversoni, collected
by SCUBA off Dania, Florida is named for Gene Everson. Fenimorea
petiti, dredged in the Gulf of Mexico from Cedar Key to the
Florida Keys, is named for Richard Petit.
Lovers, Take Note:
South African D. W. Aiken spent many years on his systematic
study of South Africa's terrestrial mollusks, but passed away
before it could be completed. The Strandloper, Bulletin of the
Conchological Society of Southern Africa, has recently published
a shortened version of one chapter from the work of Don Aiken
on the land shell genus Gulella Pfeiffer, 1856 (Streptaxidae)
in its September 1995 number (243). Of these small-to-minute
predator/scavengers active in leaf litter in northeast S. Africa,
some 50 species are included in this abridged version. The Society
has also published the full chapter on Gulella as Special Publication
No. 6, at $10.00 U.S. including postage. Both are available
from the Society at 7 Jan Booysen Street, Annlin, Pretoria 1082,
Shells on Stamps
Five exceptionally elegant species of South African shells are
featured on a recent set of stamps issued by the South African
Post Office. The commemorative stamps, known simply as "Seeskulpe"
(or Seashells), are available in strips or full sheets. They
have no denomination printed on them, instead bearing the words,
"Standard Postage," and they feature Afrovoluta pringlei,
Lyria africana, Marginella mosaica, Conus pictus, and Cypraea