Melanopsis (Canthidomus) mitzopoulosi Kuehn , 1963

Neubauer, Thomas A., 2016, A nomenclator of extant and fossil taxa of the Melanopsidae (Gastropoda, Cerithioidea), ZooKeys 602, pp. 1-358: 183

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Melanopsis (Canthidomus) mitzopoulosi Kuehn , 1963


Taxon classification Animalia Sorbeoconcha Melanopsidae

Melanopsis (Canthidomus) mitzopoulosi Kuehn, 1963  [invalid]

Original source.

Kühn 1963: 386.

Type horizon.

Mammal zone MN 10, late Miocene.

Type locality.

“Peristeri”, Greece.


Museum of Palaeontology and Geology of the University of Athens, coll. no. 1963/83.


The status of this species is unclear. First of all, Kühn did not at all refer to the senior homonym Melanopsis (Melanosteira) mitzopoulosi  Papp, 1955 but clearly described the species as new. Neither did Papp (1979: 668), who must have been aware of the issue and who ranked it as a subspecies of Melanopsis longa  Deshayes in Férussac, 1839. Moreover, Papp stated that Kühn’s species was based on the material collected by Papp (1947) and considered the type locality mentioned by Kühn a mistake. Kühn (1963), however, did not refer to Papp’s material at all.