Melanopsis major Ferussac , 1823" mentioned in Wenz (1929: 2773)

Neubauer, Thomas A., 2016, A nomenclator of extant and fossil taxa of the Melanopsidae (Gastropoda, Cerithioidea), ZooKeys 602, pp. 1-358: 162

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Melanopsis major Ferussac , 1823" mentioned in Wenz (1929: 2773)


Taxon classification Animalia Sorbeoconcha Melanopsidae

† " Melanopsis major Ferussac, 1823" mentioned in Wenz (1929: 2773)  [unavailable]


Burdigalian, early Miocene.


"De Mandillot, près de Dax" [Mandillot, near Dax], France.


This name has appeared several times in the literature (e.g., Bronn 1848: 717; Wenz 1929: 2773), but it is based on an error. Férussac (1823: 154) actually described Melanopsis dufourii  var. ε and listed " Fossilis  , major. Férussac” in synonymy referring to plate 1 of the “Mélanopsides fossiles" of his "Histoire naturelle" ( Férussac 1819-1851; see also introduction for details about this work). However, in the captions of plate 1, it is given as " Melanopsis  Dufourii  , var. ε). Fossilis  , maxima". Obviously neither major nor maxima was intended as species-group name by Férussac. Later, the name would have been a junior homonym of Melania buccinoidea major  Grateloup, 1838.