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Notes on the distribution and variability of Tasmanian land shells

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1879) Notes on the distribution and variability of Tasmanian land shells. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 44-53.

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Abstract

Having visited many parts of our island but little known
to the general traveller, I have, during the past few years,
accumulated materials with respect to the distribution and
variability of our land and fresh-water shells, which may be
helpful in removing some of the existing difficulties in regard
to classification.
Mr. Legrand's very excellent monograph, modestly called
by him "A Collection for a Monograph of Tasmanian Land
Shells," contains a full description of 83 species. Of these
the greater part (55) were described by the eminent Australian
conchologist, Dr. Cox, whose monograph of the Australian
land shells, a work of the greatest value, is necessary to
every one who desires to become familiar with Australian conchology.
The remainder is described by well-known leading
naturalists as follows, viz., Brazier, 16; Pfeiffer, 8; Reeve, 1;
Ferussac, 1; and Leach, 1. The work in addition contains
notes and observations relating to distribution, variability,
and affinities by Mr. Legrand himself, which are not the least
valuable part of the work; and it is illustrated by two beautifully
executed plates containing the enlarged drawings of 27
species.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 44-53
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 01:38
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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