Strombus taurus Reeve, 1857 | NMW.1955.158.00070 | Mollusca Types in Great Britain
Type Specimen

Strombus taurus Reeve, 1857
Holotype

Reeve, L. A. 1857 & 1858. Descriptions of seven new shells from the collection of the Hon. Sir David Barclay, of Port Louis, Mauritius. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 25(339/340), 1857. pp.207-210. pls 37-38 [207-208; pl. pl. 37, fig. 3] [Original Description] [Type Designation]
Current name: Sinustrombus taurus (Reeve, 1857) [WoRMS ID: 564734]
Classification: Gastropoda : Mesogastropoda : Stromboidea : Strombidae
Type Status: Holotype [Verified - Harriet Wood ]
Collection: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff (Melvill-Tomlin)
Catalogue No.: NMW.1955.158.00070
No. specimens: 1 (Dry shells)
Type Locality: Admirante Islands, a group of the Seychelles.
Collecting details: Sir D. D. Barclay (1891); J. J. MacAndrew (1891-1917); J. C. Melvill (Aug 1917)
Notes
Locality: The locality given by Reeve in his description was “Admirante Islands, a group of the Seychelles.” but it is thought that this was a misinterpretation of the original locality label as this species has since only been discovered in the Pacific. Melvill has written “Admiralty Islands” on his label, which is a more probable locality and is also used by Tryon in his Manual (Dance, 1969). Provenance: This beautiful shell belonged to Sir David Barclay who kept it in his collection until he died. It was then auctioned at the Barclay sale in 1891 (lot no 1146); G. B. Sowerby (3rd) writes in a letter to J. C. Melvill on 14th July 1891 “The Strombus taurus went for £5 10s, that would have gone higher, but I would not bid against Mr MacAndrew.”. It remained in J. J. MacAndrew’s collection until August 1917 when his widow sold a portion of his collection for the benefit of the Red Cross funds and it was then that Melvill acquired it.
References

References are listed in chronological order. References containing the "Original Description" or "Type Designation" of Strombus taurus Reeve, 1857 are highlighted in red.

Reeve, L. A. 1857 & 1858. Descriptions of seven new shells from the collection of the Hon. Sir David Barclay, of Port Louis, Mauritius. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 25(339/340), 1857. pp.207-210. pls 37-38 [207-208; pl. pl. 37, fig. 3] [Cited] [Figured] [Original Description] [Type Designation]
Abbot, R. T. 1960. The genus Strombus in the Indo-Pacific. 1(2). Indo-Pacific Mollusca. pp.33-146. figs.pls 11-117 [59] [Cited]
Dance, S. P. 1969. Rare Shells. London: Faber & Faber. pp.128. 50 colour pls [56-57; pl. 4(a)] [Cited] [Figured]
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Ex. Collector: Sir D. D. Barclay (1891); J. J. MacAndrew (1891-1917); J. C. Melvill (Aug 1917)
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