Rediscovery of the holotype of Pterocera kochii Freyer 1855 (Gastropoda: Strombidae)

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PAOLO G. ALBANO
WILLY DE MATTIA
(2010)
Volume
40
Part
2
Page from
163

In a recent revision of the shell collection of the Natural History Museum in Trieste, Italy, the holotype of Pterocera kochii Freyer 1855 was found. The original description was published on a difficult to obtain Austrian magazine and is here fully quoted and translated to English. A discussion on the type specimen is given and the first photographs of the specimen provided. The recognition of the holotype is based on morphological characters of the aperture and of the digitations, on hand-written annotations on the shell and on the history of the reassessments of the collections in the Museum. Pterocera kochii is considered a junior synonym of Lambis chiragra chiragra (Linné 1758) today.

Keywords
Pterocera kochii
Lambis chiragra
holotype
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Trieste
taxonomy