Unio spinosus Lea, 1836 | LEEDM.C.1957.173.26017 | Mollusca Types in Great Britain
Type Specimen

Unio spinosus Lea, 1836
Syntype(s) (possible)

Lea, I. 1836. A synopsis of the family Naiades. Carey, Lea & Blanchard - Philadelphia/John Miller - London. pp.59 [frontispiece; 17] [Original Description]
Current name: Elliptio spinosa (Lea 1836) [source: MUSSELp webpage]
Classification: Bivalvia : Unionida : Unionoidea : Unionidae
Type Status: Syntype(s) (possible) [Verified - Jennifer Gallichan ]
Collection: Leeds Museums and Galleries (Mr Issac Lea)
Catalogue No.: LEEDM.C.1957.173.26017
No. specimens: 1 (shell)
Type Locality: Altamaha, Hopeton, near Darien, Geo. [United States of America]
Collecting details:
MUSSELp webpage states that there is a syntype in ANSP_128763 which is also figured on the webpage. Modern label with Leeds specimen reads: 'Topotype ex Lea therefore ideotype 82L Paratype Sent by Lea to Hanley' (unidentified handwriting). Specimen also has a Hanley label, and one other label (also unidentified), plus modern labels and is from the type locality. Hanley notes in his catalogue 'L. sent by Lea as such'. Based on this evidence, the Leeds specimen is a possible syntype as no single specimen mentioned in the original citation.

References are listed in chronological order. References containing the "Original Description" or "Type Designation" of Unio spinosus Lea, 1836 are highlighted in red.

Lea, I. 1836. A synopsis of the family Naiades. Carey, Lea & Blanchard - Philadelphia/John Miller - London. pp.59 [frontispiece; 17] [Original Description]
Lea, I. 1838. Description of new freshwater and land shells. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. 6. pp.1-154. pls. 1-24 [57] [Nomenclature]
Specimen Data
Point Locality: Altamaha
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America
State/Prov.: Georgia
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