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Revised list of British Mollusca: 1. Introduction; Nuculacea-Ostreacea
Bowden, J.; Heppell, D. (1966). Revised list of British Mollusca: 1. Introduction; Nuculacea-Ostreacea. J. Conch., Lond. 26: 99-124
In: Journal of Conchology. Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland: London. ISSN 0022-0019, more
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  • Bowden, J.
  • Heppell, D.

Abstract
    An up-to-date check-list of the British Mollusca, including both marine and non-marine species, has long been a desideratum. Much relevant taxonomic and nomenclatural revision has been accomplished in recent years, but the work is scattered among numerous publications and the need for a compilation of the results is evident. The present authors have found that a number of loose ends still remain to be tied owing to lack of agreement among specialists, insufficient evidence or, in some cases, to evidence being sub judice by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. Consequently, it has been decided to submit a number of preliminary papers in which not only can fuller treatment of debatable points be given than in a mere check-list, but also in which the loose ends can be brought to the notice of those who may be able to assist in their tying. The present list includes all species of Mollusca known to be native to, or living under natural conditions in, the British Isles. For the marine species, the scope is that of the British Marine Census Area (Heppell, 1964). A 'Q' before a few of the names indicates that either their British or specific status is open to doubt. The arrangement is systematic down to the family or subfamily level; below this the order of the species in each genus or subgenus and of the genera in each family or subfamily is alphabetical, except that the type-genus is always listed first. Infraspecific categories are omitted. The type-species of each genus is cited in its original binomen and, if that name is not currently valid, the original binomen of its valid synonym is cited also. A family name in square brackets indicates the original spelling of that name before emendation [ICZN Articles n(e) (ii), 29]. A generic name in square brackets following a specific name indicates the original placement of that species. The expression 'O. L. Name No •.. .' indicates that the family, genus or species concerned has been placed by the ICZN on the appropriate Official List. The symbol '§' indicates a subfamily or subgenus. Numbers in parentheses, thus '(9)', refer to the explanatory notes at the end of each paper. In general, explanations have not been given where the present· list does not differ from that of Winckworth (1932) for the marine species, or from that of Ellis (1951) for the non-marine species, or if the change is only one of order or of rank. In placing these preliminary papers before the public, the authors hope that specialists will co-operate by informing them of any errors or omissions. Only in this way can accuracy be ensured before the publication of a definitive check-list.

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