Mya antarctica Melvill & Standen, 1914 | MANCH.EE.7646 | Mollusca Types in Great Britain
Type Specimen

Mya antarctica Melvill & Standen, 1914
Lectotype

Melvill, J. C. & Standen, R. 1914. Notes on mollusca collected in the north-west Falklands by Rupert Vallentin, F.L.S. with descriptions of six new species. Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 8(13). pp.110-136. pl. 7 [134-135; pl.7; figs.6-6a] [Original Description]
Trew, A. 1987. James Cosmo Melvill's New Molluscan Names. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. pp.1-84 [25] [Type Designation]
Current name: Mya antarctica (Melvill & Standen, 1898) [source: Dell, 1964]
Classification: Bivalvia : Myida : Myoidea : Myidae
Type Status: Lectotype [Verified - Harriet Wood ]
Collection: Manchester Museum (Mollusc Type Collection)
Catalogue No.: MANCH.EE.7646
No. specimens: 1 (dry shell)
Type Locality: N.W. Falklands [Falkland Islands (Malvinas)]
Collecting details: Vallentin, Rupert; Vallentin, Rupert; 1910-1911
Notes
Although Melvill & Standen, 1914 indicate that they do not have much material of this species to study they do not actually state that the description was based on a single specimen. Both Trew, 1987 and McGhie, 2008 listed this specimen as a holotype; in accordance with ICZN Art. 74.6 this is an indirect lectotype selection by inference of holotype (Trew, 1987: 25). It is clearly labelled as 'type' by Melvill, it is from the general type locality, ex Vallentin and measures closely to the size given, although is a little smaller. The label indicates that this is the figured specimen and there is some likeness to the two figures. Melvill & Standen, 1914 note that they think this could be the same species as Thracia antarctica but that more material is needed.
References

References are listed in chronological order. References containing the "Original Description" or "Type Designation" of Mya antarctica Melvill & Standen, 1914 are highlighted in red.

Melvill, J. C. & Standen, R. 1914. Notes on mollusca collected in the north-west Falklands by Rupert Vallentin, F.L.S. with descriptions of six new species. Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 8(13). pp.110-136. pl. 7 [134-135; pl.7; figs.6-6a] [Figured] [Original Description]
Trew, A. 1987. James Cosmo Melvill's New Molluscan Names. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. pp.1-84 [25] [Cited] [Type Designation]
McGhie, H. A. 2008. Catalogue of type specimens of molluscs in the collection of The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, UK. ZooKeys. 1. pp.1-46 [6] [Cited]
Specimen Data
Point Locality: N.W. Falklands
Continent: South America
Country: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
State/Prov.: -
County: -
City/Town: -
Island Group: -
Island: -
Water Body: Atlantic Ocean
Sea Area.: SW Atlantic
Collected by: Vallentin, Rupert
Collecting date: 1910-1911
Ex. Collector: Vallentin, Rupert
Expedition/Survey: -
Vessel: -
Sampling Method: -
Field No.: -
Field Notes: -
Altitude: -
Depth: -
OS Grid Ref.: -
Lat./Long.(verbatim): -
Decimal Degress: -
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