Melanopsis doriae Issel, 1865

Gloeer, Peter & Pesic, Vladimir, 2012, The freshwater snails (Gastropoda) of Iran, with descriptions of two new genera and eight new species, ZooKeys 219, pp. 11-61: 15

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Melanopsis doriae Issel, 1865


Melanopsis doriae Issel, 1865   Fig. 4 View Figure 4

Records from Iran.

Kerman Province ( Issel 1863, Martens 1874, Biggs 1936, 1937, Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957, 1961, 1965); Fars Province ( Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957); Yazd Province ( Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957); Khuzestan Province ( Mansoorian 1994, 2001); Mazandaran Province ( Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957, Mansoorian 2000); Gilan Province ( Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957); Bushehr Province ( Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957).

New records.

Hormozgan Province: IR17-11 [2 ex.]; IR19-11 [1 ex.].

Material examined.

NHMW " Melanopsis doriae   Issel" Persien, Kerman, aus teilweise eingestürztem Kanal, leg. Starmühlner 1949/50.

Associated species.

Melanoides tuberculatus   , Thiara scabra   , Farsithyra farsensis   .


Starmühlner and Edlauer (1957) studied the anatomy of Melanopsis doriae   and Melanopsis kotschyi   showing differences in the nervous system. Furthermore they found differences in some features of the opercula between these species, and showed a strong morphological plasticity of the shells (see: Starmühlner and Edlauer 1957, plate 1: Figs g’, g’’, g’’’ and h’, h’’). Re-examintion of Melanopsis doriae   from Edlauer’s collection in NHMW shows that the shell ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ) is slimmer than the shell of Melanopsis   sp.