Melanopsis croatica Brusina, 1884

Neubauer, Thomas A., 2016, A nomenclator of extant and fossil taxa of the Melanopsidae (Gastropoda, Cerithioidea), ZooKeys 602, pp. 1-358: 90

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Melanopsis croatica Brusina, 1884


Taxon classification Animalia Sorbeoconcha Melanopsidae

Melanopsis croatica Brusina, 1884 

Original source.

Brusina 1884a: 168.

Type horizon.

Cernikian, Pliocene.

Type locality.

“Repušnica” ( Neumayr 1869: 372), Croatia.


Milan et al. (1974: 89) indicated a holotype, but it is uncertain whether the specimen actually derives from the original type series and whether it was the only specimen Brusina had at hand. The specimen is stored in the Croatian Natural History Museum, Zagreb, coll. no. 2988-634.


Introduced for Melania costata  sensu Neumayr, 1969, non Olivier, 1804. Wenz (1929) considered all records of " Melania costata  " from the Pliocene of Slavonia to represent the same species and synonymized them with Melanopsis abbreviata cosmanni  . Obviously, he was unaware that Melanopsis croatica  Brusina, 1884 is the first available name for them (see also discussion of Melanopsis pseudocostata  Oppenheim, 1890).