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Types of the extant taxa of the landsnail genus Orcula Held 1837

(Gastropoda: Stylommatophora: Orculidae)

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The aim of this paper is to reflect the status quo of the taxonomical situation of Orcula Held 1837 which we assume to be a prerequisite for a thorough revision of the whole genus. Illustrated data on type specimens of more than 30 nominal taxa of the genus Orcula are presented. For most taxa the reference to the original description, type locality, place of storage, collection number, nomenclatural status of specimens, measurements of type specimens, and photos of the shells are given. The nomenclatural status and the availability of the taxon names are discussed as well as other important information on the taxa are presented. The selection of taxon subsets for international taxon lists such as the Fauna Europaea Checklist is discussed and different perspectives are shown.
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Keywords: DESCRIPTIONS; GASTROPODA; NOMENCLATURE; ORCULA; ORCULIDAE; PICTURES; TYPES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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  • Archiv für Molluskenkunde is an international, peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of molluscan biodiversity. It preferably publishes original research papers of high quality on systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny and morphology of all groups of molluscs, both recent and fossil from the Cenozoic. Contributions of broad international interest on other aspects of malacology such as ecology and biogeography are welcome as well. Papers on physiology, parasitology, regional faunistics or those on non-Cenozoic fossils or pure biostratigraphy should be submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts shall be in English but may include an expanded abstract in a foreign language.

    Archiv für Molluskenkunde was founded in 1868 as "Nachrichtsblatt der Deutschen Malakozoologischen Gesellschaft". It has been published continuously since its foundation, making it the oldest malacological journal. It is edited by the curators of the section of Mollusca at the Senckenberg research institute.

    Up to and including Vol. 138/2 papers were published under the ISSN 0003-9284.
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