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May, William Lewis 1923 , 'Mollusca of King Island' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 47-55 .

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During the month of November, 1922, I spent some days
on King Island visiting relatives, and took what opportunity
offered to investigate the Mollusca. No really comprehensive
list of the Island's shell fauna appears to have been published.
In one of the early French expeditions in 1802 the
Naturalists Peron and Lesueur made considerable collections,
their take being worked up principally by Lamarck
and Blainville. Some of the species described by Tenison-
Woods in the seventies of last century were from the Island,
and they and others appeared in his Census which was compiled
in 1877. Some of these, however, have not been retaken
and require confirmation. The late Professor Tate
had a small parcel of King Island shells sent him by some
correspondent, and they were recorded by Tate and May
in their Revised Census, 1901. There also appeared in the
Victorian nature publication, "The Wombat," Vol. V., page
35, 1902, a fairly long list containing 135 species.
I collected at Currie Harbour, Surprise Bay, Fraser, and
near "Grassy." The first two on the West Coast, and the
others on the East.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:May, William Lewis
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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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.

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