Melania helena Von dem Busch in Philippi, 1847

Neubauer, Thomas A., 2016, A nomenclator of extant and fossil taxa of the Melanopsidae (Gastropoda, Cerithioidea), ZooKeys 602, pp. 1-358: 135

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Melania helena Von dem Busch in Philippi, 1847


Taxon classification Animalia Sorbeoconcha Melanopsidae

Melania helena Von dem Busch in Philippi, 1847 

Original source.

Philippi 1847: 170, pl. 4, fig. 4.

Type locality.

"Insula Java", Indonesia.


Although described as Melania  and not considered a Melanopsidae  today, this species is included and briefly discussed here because it has been repeatedly considered a Melanopsis  . The specimens had been apparently sent to Von dem Busch or Philippi by Meder, who had named the species " Melanopsis  Helena". The description, however, stems clearly from Von dem Busch. The species epithet is a noun in apposition and needs not to agree in gender with the generic name (Art. 31.2.1). Currently considered to belong in the marine genus Clea  H. Adams & A. Adams, 1855 ( Buccinidae  ) (e.g., Coelho et al. 2013).