Helix melo castanea
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- Helix melo castanea Quoy and Gaimard 1832: 109, pl. 9 figs 6–7; Kendrick and Wilson 1975: 315, pl. 1 figs 2a–2b.
MNHN 24645 (see Remarks).
This taxon was described as “Varietas castanea; vitta alba cincta” by Quoy and Gaimard (1832); together with their figures we consider this an indication according to Art. 11.4.3. ICZN. This taxon has been ascribed incorrectly to Deshayes (1838: 245), who merely copied the text and figures of Quoy and Gaimard, e.g. by Pilsbry (1900: 5; see above under Bothriembryon inflatus castaneus). As Kendrick and Wilson have shown (1975: 310), the specimen on which Quoy and Gaimard based the name castanea was from the same locality as their Helix melo. See also Bothriembryon inflatus castaneus Pilsbry, 1900.
Current systematic position
Bothriembryontidae, Bothriembryon melo (Quoy and Gaimard, 1832).
- Breure, A; Whisson, C; 2012: Annotated type catalogue of Bothriembryon (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in Australian museums, with a compilation of types in other museums ZooKeys, 194: 41-80. doi
- Quoy J, Gaimard J (1832) Mollusques, 1. In: Dumont d’Urville JSC, Voyage de la corvette l’Astrolabe, executé par l’ordre du Roi, pendant les années 1826–1827–1828–1829, Zoologie 2: 1–320. J. Tastu, Paris.
- Kendrick G, Wilson B (1975) Nomenclatural notes on the land snail genus Bothriembryon Pilsbry, 1894 (Pulmonata: Bulimulidae), with redescriptions of the types and two other species. Records of the Western Australian Museum 3: 295-325.