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Date:         Sun, 2 Sep 2007 10:05:37 -0400
Reply-To:     Conchologists List <CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Sender:       Conchologists List <CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Harry G. Lee" <shells@HGLEE.COM>
Subject:      Re: sinistral whelk nomenclature
In-Reply-To:  <f05100306c2ffed474a7b@[]>
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Dear Listers,

For those of you who would like to see the shells of the species John T. and Andrew G. have mentioned, take a look at Bill Frank's photo-essay on the genus Busycon at <>.


At 12:36 AM 9/2/2007, Andrew G. wrote: >>On the sinistral whelk of the Western Atlantic >>found from Florida to North Carolina is Busycon sinistrum Hollister, >>1958. >> >>My question: Are they now classified as Busycon perversum subspecies >>laeostomum (Kent, 1982) per the findings of Wise, Harasewych and >>Dillon "Population Divergence In The Sinistral Whelks of North >>America With Special Reference to the East Florida Ecotone"? >> >>Or Busycon sinistrum (Hollister, 1958) >> >>Or Busycon perversum (Linnaeus, 1758) >> >>John Timmerman >>Wilmington, North Carolina > >I have requested a reprint or PDF of the senior author. However the >abstract clearly states that all sinistral polulations belong to B. >perversum (L 1758). > >I will be most interested to hear what they have to say about DEXTRAL >populations, because I believe that all living (as well as Pliocene & >many Miocene) Busycon, whatever coiling direction, belong to this >species. The exception being B. coarctatum, of course, which is >distinct and does not inetrgrade with other forms. The others >intergrade in such a way that one cannot sort them out (without >ignoring the intermediate forms). >-- >Andrew Grebneff >Dunedin >New Zealand >Fossil preparator ><>


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