Past Magazine Issues from 2013 to 2015

Back issues of the COA quarterly journal, American Conchologist, are available at $3.00 per issue prior to 1985 and $5.00 from 1985 to the present. Filled with articles on shells, shell trips, personalities in the shell world, events, collecting and exhibiting methods...they are an excellent resource.

December issue 2015

Editor’s comments; In memoriam; A Shelling Trip to Paris by Edward Nieburger; Two unexpected findings in the northern Gulf of Mexico by Deborah Duval; Dealer Directory; A shell by any other name would be mislabeled – adventures in nomenclature by David Campbell; The Secrets of Sand reviewed by T. Eichhorst; Nudibranchs Encyclopedia: Catalogue of Asia/Indo Pacific Sea Slugs (2nd ed.) reviewed by T. Eichhorst; Shell shops and art by Kenneth Wye; First record of the predatory land snail Streptostele (Tomostele) musaecola (Pulmonata: Streptaxidae) in the continental United States by Jochen Gerber & Stephanie A. Clark; COA Neptunea Award; Philadelphia 2015 Annual Shell Show; North Carolina 2015 Shell Show; 2016 COA Convention Chicago, IL July 27-31, 2016

September issue 2015

Editor’s comments; Nominating Committee Report by Alan Gettleman; The ‘popularizer’ of shell collecting: The Philadelphia Shell Club looks back at the life of R. Tucker Abbott in celebration of our 60th year by Regis D’Angiolini; Report on two Anguispira alternata (Say, 1817), flamed tigersnail, after two years in captivity by L. Schroeder; Dealer Directory; The best exotic South Seas snorkeling adventure by Amelia Ann Dick; In memoriam; 8th Gulf Coast Shell Show; Adventures in the field and in the lab – investigation of an enigmatic door-snail species, Montenegrina apfelbecki (Sturany, 1907) by Dorottya Angyal, Katharina Jaksch, Sonja Bamberger & Zoltán Fehér; Land Snail Fauna of the Sukolilo karst in Java (Indonesia) by Ayu Savitri Nurinsiyah; Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells reviewed by T. Eichhorst; Sea slug thieves: A nudibranch defensive strategy by Jessica Goodheart; 2015 COA Convention – Gala in the Glades by Anne Joffe

June issue 2015

COA President comments (re. Doris Underwood); Shell collecting in Cuba: November 1930 (part 3) by Paul L. McGinty; Some Liguus of Cuba by T. Eichhorst; Some Polymita of Cuba by T. Eichhorst; An SEM sampler of small snails from Sarasota sediment by Harry Lee; Dealer Directory; Population genetics of Felimare californiensis by Craig Hoover; New species of Vietnam landsnails by Nguyen Ngoc Thach & Franz Huber; SCUM XIX: Southern California Unified Malacologists by Lindsey T. Groves; In memoriam; The colors of fossil cones; Dubai mollusks and pearls by Kristina Joyce; The 35th Annual Marco Island Shell Show; What do we learn from collections? The Shell Museum perspective by José H. Leal; 2015 COA Convention

March issue 2015

Editor comments; SHELL COLLECTING IN CUBA: NOVEMBER 1930 (part 2) by Paul L. McGinty; Some Pomatiidae (Annulariinae) of Cuba; Some Camaenidae, Pleurodontidae, & Urocoptidae of Cuba; Some Cerionidae of Cuba; Some Helicinidae of Cuba; Mistaken identity; Dealer Directory; In memoriam; Some cone snails have insulin infused venom; An ersatz Valvata from Bernheim Forest, Kentucky by Harry G. Lee; Barbara Jean Elliott May 9, 1936 – December 31, 2014; 56 years of shell collecting by Warren Graff; 35th Astronaut Trail Shell Club Festival Show; Sarasota Shell Club Annual Shell Show; 2015 COA Convention

December issue 2014

Editor comments; SHELL COLLECTING IN CUBA: NOVEMBER 1930 (part 1) by Paul L. McGinty; Earliest human-modified shells; Dealer Directory; The noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis) of Vietnam by Nguyen Ngoc Thach; The Masters Award trophy - a new design by Donald Dan; A mystery solved by Emilio F. García & Emily H. Vokes; In memoriam; Heteromorph: The Rarest Fossil Ammonites, Nature at its Most Bizarre by Wolfgang Grulke (book review by Jose Leal); Texas Seashells - A Field Guide by John W. Tunnell, Jr., Noe C. Barrera, & Fabio Moretzsohn (book review by Tom Eichhorst); Biogeography and Biodiversity of Western Atlantic Mollusks by Edward J. Petuch (book review by David P. Berschauer; British Shell Collector’s Club Convention 25 October 2014 - Essex; North Carolina Shell Show 20-21 September 2014; 2015 Shell shows & related events by Donald Dan; Neptunea Award; Hugh J. Porter: Contributions to Malacology & the North Carolina Shell Club by Douglas A. Wolfe

September issue 2014

Editor comments; In memoriam; Thersistrombus thersites: Ivory Gem of the Pacific by Andre Meredith; A plethora of Janthina by Linda Zylman Holzinger; Mechanisms, ultrastructure and behavioral flashing in Ctenoides ales: “disco clams” by Lindsey Dougherty; Does lightning strike twice? by Joaquin M. Inchaustegui; Dealer Directory; The three-eyed Lobatus gigas by Sylvia M. Vélez-Villamil; A Korean shelling adventure by Marcus Coltro; 2014 Neptunea Awards; 2014 Gulf Coast Shell Show; 2014 Keppel Bay Shell Show; A North Carolina WHELKome 2014 COA Convention By Jeannette Tysor & Ed Shuller; Some notes on an interesting epitoniid species from the eastern Pacific by Leonard Brown

June issue 2014

Editor comments; A “gap in the fossil record” bridged: the Tornidae of the Lower Pinecrest Beds, exemplar of paleoconchological neglect by Harry G. Lee; Dealer Directory; The long and the short of it: Cypraeoidea of Pacific Panamá by Simon Aiken; Size Matters! III by Moshe Erlendur Okon; Marco Island Shell Show - 13-15 March 2014; 77th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Shell Show 6-8 March 2014; How we organize our shell collections; log books, card catalogues, and computers by David P. Berschauer; A North Carolina WHELKome 2014 COA Convention By Jeannette Tysor & Ed Shuller; SCUM XVIII: Southern California Unified Malacologists by Lindsey T. Groves; Donn Lloyd Tippett (January 14, 1924 – January 29, 2014) by Alan R. Kabat; In memoriam

March issue 2014

Editor comments; A “gap in the fossil record” bridged: the Tornidae of the Lower Pinecrest Beds, exemplar of paleoconchological neglect by Harry G. Lee; Dealer Directory; The long and the short of it: Cypraeoidea of Pacific Panamá by Simon Aiken; Size Matters! III by Moshe Erlendur Okon; Marco Island Shell Show - 13-15 March 2014; 77th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Shell Show 6-8 March 2014; How we organize our shell collections; log books, card catalogues, and computers by David P. Berschauer; A North Carolina WHELKome 2014 COA Convention By Jeannette Tysor & Ed Shuller; SCUM XVIII: Southern California Unified Malacologists by Lindsey T. Groves; Donn Lloyd Tippett (January 14, 1924 – January 29, 2014) by Alan R. Kabat; In memoriam

December issue 2013

Editor’s comments; On the generic placement and identity of Timbellus phaneus (Dall, 1889) and T. havanensis (E. H. Vokes, 1970) (Gastropoda: Muricidae) by Emilio F. García; Snail House; Turritella lyonsi found off the Louisiana coast by Emilio F. García; The Harpago complex: a collector’s guide by Andre Meredith; “Illustrated Catalog of the Living Cone Shells” - book review by Tom Eichhorst; Dealer Directory; SCUM XVII: Southern California Unified Malacologists by Lindsey T. Groves; Mind your mangroves! A shelling trip to Puerto Rico by Karen VanderVen; COA Award winners; 2014 shell shows & related events (January – August) by Donald Dan; Oldest animal on earth by Tom Eichhorst; Size Matters! I by Moshe Erlendur Okon; 2014 COA Convention: Wilmington, N.C.; In Memoriam

September issue 2013

Editor’s comments; Have you heard of Kiritimati? by Marcus Coltro; Revision of the Worldwide Recent Pinnidae and some remarks on fossil European Pinnidae reviewed by Thomas Eichhorst; Color variations in Muricopsis principensis Rolán & Fernandes, 1991 (Gastropoda, Muricidae) from Príncipe Island by Roland Houart & Sandro Gori; A day with Mitsuo Chino, President of the Tokyo Malacological Society by Kristina Joyce; Dealer Directory; The shell collection of His Majesty The Emperor Showa of Japan by Kristina Joyce; COA Convention 2013 by Tom Eichhorst; 2013 Neptunea Awards by Harry Lee; Size matters: ocean acidification and warming alter metabolic scaling in Polyplacophora by Nicholas Carey; Shell collecting as seen by Gene Everson by Tom Eichhorst; An interesting find by Paul Kanner; COA Grant Donation Program; 2013 COA Research Grants; In Memoriam; Sybil B. Burger by Tom Eichhorst; “Available” vs. “Valid”; COA 2014 - 11-15 August 2014, Wilmington, NC

June issue 2013

Editor’s comments; Early taxonomic history of Notocypraea Schilder, 1927 by Don Cram; RTA, riding to the rescue, rights a wrong; Röding redivivus by Harry G. Lee; Dealer Directory; COA Grant Summary (2012 award) for: Discovering visual capabilities of the unique eye in the scallop, Argopecten irradians by Anita Krause; Siphonaria limpets from southern South America by Marina Güller; In Memoriam; Bahamian Seashells: 1161 Species from Abaco, Bahamas reviewed by Tom Eichhorst; 33rd annual Marco Island Shell Show - 2013; 76th Annual Sanibel Shell Show - 2013; The 23rd Antwerp Shell Show; 2013 SHELL SHOWS & RELATED EVENTS (August – December) by Donald Dan; The 2013 Philadelphia Shell Show by Paul Callomon; COA annual convention: July 15-21, 2013;

March issue 2013

Editor’s comments; Report on a dredging expedition off the Louisiana coast, including geographical extensions and new record sizes II by Emilio F. García; In Memoriam; COA Convention 2013 - Sarasota, Florida; Vindication after 37 or more years by Joaquin M. Inchaustegui; Effects of lowhead dams on aquatic gastropods by Jeremy S. Tiemann; Dealer Directory; Neptunea Award by Harry Lee; Domenick Nicolaci Shell Collection: A Donation to the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Edward Nieburger and Adam J. Baldinger; Alphie Finds The Seashell Alphabet - reviewed by Rusti Stover; The Cone Shells of Florida - reviewed by Tom Eichhorst; The Family Babyloniidae - reviewed by Tom Eichhorst; Museum’s anniversary to be celebrated by Tom Rice; Broward Shell Show - 2013; Sarasota Shell Show - 2013; Astronaut Trail Shell Show - 2013; Charles Rawlings photos