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Copyright by the Israel Malacological Society

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TRITON # 6, September 2002

Table of Contents

 

 
Author/s
 
Page
1. MARINE MOLLUSCS
 

Henk K. Mienis

 

 

 

A KEYHOLE LIMPET LACKING THE HOLE IN THE APEX

Abstract: A shell of Fissurella nubecula lacking the characteristic hole in the apex is described. This Keyhole limpet had been collected on the beach of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.

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Henk K. Mienis

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PRESENCE oF THE GENUS LAMELLOLUCINA IN THE RED SEA

Abstract: A revision of Erythraean samples referable to the recently described genus Lamellolucina Taylor & Glover, 2002 present in the National Mollusc Collections of Israel, revealed that two species are living in the Red Sea: Lamellolucina dentifera (Jonas, 1946) and Lamellolucina oliveri Taylor & Glover, 2002. Lamellolucina dentifera seems to be a northern species and L. oliveri a southern one.

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Henk K. Mienis

 

 

 

 

ON THE PRESENCE OF HEXAPLEX PECCHIOLIANUS (D'ANCONA, 1871) OFF NORTH SINAI, EGYPT

Abstract: Empty shells resembling the fossil Muricid Hexaplex pecchiolianus are reported here from the Bardawil area in North Sinai, Egypt. They differ from the living specimens caught in the Bay of Iskenderun, Turkey, by having a broader and heavier shell and a shorter siphonal canal.

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Walter W. Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO SPECIES OF MARINE INVERTEBRATES (MOLLUSCA: JANTHINIDAE AND SIPHONOPHORA: VELLELIDAE) RECORDED FROM ISRAEL FOR THE FIRST TIME

Abstract: In the late spring of 1993, there occurred a phenomenon along the Mediterranean coast of Israel when hundreds of Janthina pallida and thousands of Velella spirans were stranded on the shore. Although J. pallida and V. spirans are known from the Mediterranean, neither species had been recorded from Israel before. In addition, there were many J. janthina and J. globosa. Three species of Janthina were found together for the first time.

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J.Inchaustigui

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SLIPPERS?

Abstract: A new form of Crepidula depressa - f. mississippiensis - is described.

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E. L. Heiman

 

 

 

 

 

SHELLS OF EAST SINAI, AN ILLUSTRATED LIST: BURSIDAE, PERSONIDAE AND RANELLIDAE

Abstract: Five species of the family Bursidae, one species of Personidae and fifteen species of the family Ranel- lidae inhabiting the waters bordering East Sinai in the Gulf of Aqaba are listed and illustrated. The presence of other species from this area, which were mentioned by earlier researchers, is not confirmed by material in local collections.

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E. L. Heiman

 

 

 

 

SHELLS OF EAST SINAI, AN ILLUSTRATED LIST: STROMBIDAE

Abstract: Ten species of the family Strombidae inhabiting the waters bordering East Sinai in the Gulf of Aqaba are listed and illustrated. The presence of other species, which were mentioned by earlier researchers from this area, is not confirmed by material in local collections.

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E. L. Heiman

 

 

 

 

SHELLS OF EAST SINAI, AN ILLUSTRATED LIST: TEREBRIDAE

Abstract: 18 species of the family Terebridae inhabiting the waters bordering East Sinai in the Gulf of Aqaba are listed and illustrated. The presence of other species, which were mentioned by earlier researchers from this area, is not confirmed by material in local collections over the last twenty years.

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E. L. Heiman

 

 

VARIABILITY OF COWRY POPULATIONS 18. FORMS OF CYPRAEA TIGRIS

Abstract: 14 forms of C. tigris are discussed and illustrated, including 11 forms common to C. tigris and C. pantherina.

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E. L. Heiman

 

 

 

VARIABILITY OF COWRY POPULATIONS 19. AN ATTEMPT TO SEPARATE SHELLS OF BLASICRURA TERES AND B. ALISONAE

Abstract: An attempt to separate conchologically B. teres and B. alisonae on the base of a statistical method proposed by Godwin (1997) remained without success.

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2. LAND-SNAILS AND FRESH-WATER MOLLUSCS
 

Henk K. Mienis

 

 

EOBANIA VERMICULATA IN IRAN

Abstract: Eobania vermiculata is here reported from gardens in Kermanshah, Iran. It seems to constitute the first record of this edible circum-Mediterranean snail from Iran.

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Henk K. Mienis

 

 

 

 

 

ISRAEL HAS ITS OWN GARLIC SNAIL: OXYCHILUS CAMELINUS

Abstract: A large population of a Zonitid landsnail strongly smelling after garlic when handled, was discovered in two adjacent gardens in Ramat Aviv, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel. The specimens turned out to belong to Oxychilus (Hiramia) camelinus. This is the first time that the production of a pungent scent has been reported from a member belonging to the subgenus Hiramia. So far it was only known to occur in several taxa belonging to the subgenus Ortizius. The function of this secretion is unknown.

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Henk K. Mienis

 

 

AN ALBINISTIC SPECIMEN OF XEROTRICHA CONSPURCATA

Abstract: An albinistic specimen of the introduced landsnail Xerotricha conspurcata is reported from a garden in Kibbutz Netzer Sereni, Israel.

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3. ARCHAEOMALACOLOGY
 

Henk K. Mienis &
Gideon Hadas

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCHAEOMALACOLOGICAL FINDS IN THE VICINITY OF 'EN GEDI
1. MOLLUSCS FOUND DURING AN EXCAVATION IN THE "OLD ROSES"

Abstract: Three species of freshwater snails and ten species of land snails were found inside a clay pipe encountered in an agricultural field of 'En Gedi. This find dates back to the Roman-Byzantine period. Eleven species are still living today in the vicinity of 'En Gedi; the remaining two species: Monacha obstructa and Xeropicta vestalis joppensis, are typical for a Mediterranean climate. The latter species found probably a refuge in the ancient irrigated agricultural terraces of 'En Gedi. The presence of Pupoides coenopictus is noteworthy, because it constitutes the only authentic palaeotropic element in the terrestrial mollusc fauna of Israel.

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Henk K. Mienis &
Gideon Hadas

 

 

 

ARCHAEOMALACOLOGICAL FINDS IN THE VICINITY OF 'EN GEDI
2. LANDSNAILS RECOVERED FROM AN ANCIENT LEOPARD TRAP

Abstract: Samples of land snails, extracted from an ancient Leopard trap near 'En Gedi, turned out to be of recent origin. They were most probably carried into the trap by a Spiny mouse species, known to be an avid predator of terrestrial snails in the vicinity of 'En Gedi.

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Henk K. Mienis

 

 

 

 

 

SOME MOLLUSCS FROM THE EXCAVATION OF AN IRON AGE SITE AT TEL ASHDOD, ISRAEL

Abstract: 55 Molluscs recovered from the Iron Age layers of Tel Ashdod turned out to have been used mainly as ornaments in the form of shell beads and a pendant. Twelve species could be recognized among the material, which had their origin from four different geographic areas: Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee/Jordan River and the river Nile. This points to trade contacts in all directions.

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Henk K. Mienis

 

 

 

 

ARCHAEOMALACOLOGICAL FINDS FROM AN EARLY BRONZE CAVE AT ASHERAT, WESTERN GALILEE, ISRAEL

Abstract: During an excavation of an Early Bronze tomb near Asherat, Western Galilee, Israel, two archaeomala- cological items were uncovered in the form of small, oblongelliptical spangles, holed at both ends. These spangles turned out to have been made respectively from a valve of Glycymeris insubrica and Cerastoderma glaucum.

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4. TRIPS, BOOK REVIEW
 
Orlin, Z. A TRIP TO FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMAS
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Orlin, Z. BOOK REVIEW: BAHAMIAN SEASHELLS
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