Fossarus eutorniscus Melvill, 1918 | NMW.1955.158.00256 | Mollusca Types in Great Britain
Type Specimen

Fossarus eutorniscus Melvill, 1918
Syntype(s)

Melvill, J. C. 1918. Descriptions of thirty-four species of marine mollusca from the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Sea, collected by Mr. F. W. Townsend. Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 9(1). pp.137-158. pls 4-5 [148; pl. 5, fig. 21] [Original Description] [Type Designation]
Current name: Fossarus eutorniscus Melvill, 1918 [WoRMS ID: 746080]
Classification: Gastropoda : Cerithioidea
Type Status: Syntype(s) [Verified - Harriet Wood ]
Collection: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff (Melvill-Tomlin)
Catalogue No.: NMW.1955.158.00256
No. specimens: 2 sh (Dry)
Type Locality: Karachi [Pakistan]
Collecting details: F. W. Townsend; J. C. Melvill
Notes
Melvill (1918) states: “we have only seen five or six examples, varying very slightly in size.” Type evidence: Melvill (1918) did not indicate a unique type in his original description. The NMW lot has a Melvill label with ‘cotype’ written on the box bottom. The figured specimen resides at NHM with another syntype. Based on the fact that Melvill (1918) stated he saw five or six examples, there may be one or two syntypes still to be located in another institution. Other syntypes: BM(NH) 1921.1.28.23-24 - figured syntype & syntype.
References

References are listed in chronological order. References containing the "Original Description" or "Type Designation" of Fossarus eutorniscus Melvill, 1918 are highlighted in red.

Melvill, J. C. 1918. Descriptions of thirty-four species of marine mollusca from the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Sea, collected by Mr. F. W. Townsend. Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 9(1). pp.137-158. pls 4-5 [148; pl. 5, fig. 21] [Cited] [Original Description] [Type Designation]
Trew, A. 1987. James Cosmo Melvill's New Molluscan Names. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. pp.1-84 [40] [Cited]
Specimen Data
Point Locality: Karachi
Continent: Asia
Country: Pakistan
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Water Body: Arabian Sea
Sea Area.: Indo-Pacific
Collected by: F. W. Townsend
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Ex. Collector: J. C. Melvill
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