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A new Charopidae from Chile and Argentina, Stephacharopa calderaensis n. gen. and n. sp., with remarks on the taxonomy of the genus Stephadiscus Hylton Scott 1981

(Mollusca: Gastropoda Pulmonata)

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A new genus and new species of Charopidae, Stephacharopa calderaensis, is described based on specimens collected in the Atacama region, northern Chile. The new genus is clearly distinct from its confamilial genera due to its axial shell sculpture. The new genus also includes the species Stephacharopa testalba (Hylton Scott 1970) n. comb. and Stephacharopa distincta (Hylton Scott 1970) n. comb. The related genus Stephadiscus Hylton Scott 1981 is herein redefined. Species thus included in genus Stephadiscus are S. lyratus (Couthouy in Gould 1846), S. rigophila Mabille 1886, S. perversus (Hylton Scott 1969), S. rumbolli (Hylton Scott 1973) and S. stuardoi Miquel & Barker 2009, all of them with a distribution restricted to humid areas of southern South America.
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Keywords: PUNCTOIDEA; SOUTH AMERICA; STEPHADISCUS – STEPHANODA; STYLOMMATOPHORA; TAXONOMY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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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.

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