Melanopsis daudebartii [Prevost], 1821

Neubauer, Thomas A., 2016, A nomenclator of extant and fossil taxa of the Melanopsidae (Gastropoda, Cerithioidea), ZooKeys 602, pp. 1-358: 94-95

publication ID

publication LSID

persistent identifier

treatment provided by

ZooKeys by Pensoft

scientific name

Melanopsis daudebartii [Prevost], 1821


Taxon classification Animalia Sorbeoconcha Melanopsidae

Melanopsis daudebartii [Prevost], 1821 

Original source.

[ Prevost] 1821: 137.

Type locality.

“Auprès de Baden, en Autriche, dans un bassin d’eau thermale sulfureuse" [near Baden, Austria, in a sulphurous thermal water basin], Austria.


There is considerable uncertainty about the correct authority and spelling of this species in the literature. It was first mentioned and validly described in the year 1821 as " Melanopsis Daudebartii  " in an article in the Bulletin des Sciences, par la Société philomatique de Paris. Constant Prevost was often considered to be the author of this article, but from the title and text it is obvious that the article is an “Extrait” of a talk given by Prevost earlier and summarized by an anonymous author. According to Art. 50.2 and Recommendation 51D, the correct citation should be Melanopsis daudebartii  [Prevost], 1821. The names “daudebarti”, “audebarti” or “audebardi”, each occurring multiple times in the literature, are incorrect subsequent spellings. Currently, the species is classified within the genus Microcolpia  (see also Neubauer et al. 2014d: 126).