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A dark-marginated form of Zonaria pyrum (Gmelin, 1791) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cypraeidae) from Lebanon: further evidence of a wrongly assumed subspecies
Nolf, F. (2015). A dark-marginated form of Zonaria pyrum (Gmelin, 1791) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cypraeidae) from Lebanon: further evidence of a wrongly assumed subspecies. Neptunea 13(3): 32-36
In: Neptunea. Belgische Vereniging voor Conchyliologie, Afdeling Kust: De Haan. ISSN 1378-2029, more
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Keywords
    Cypraeidae Rafinesque, 1815 [WoRMS]; Zonaria pyrum (Gmelin, 1791) [WoRMS]; Marine
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Abstract
    A specimen of a dark marginated Zonaria pyrum has been collected from the coast of Lebanon. Until now it has always been supposed that such a form was restricted to the south of the Iberian Peninsula. It was therefore regarded as a subspecies (Deprez & Govaert, 2009). The presence of a similar pattern from the eastern Mediterranean Sea excludes this supposition and downranks the subspecies Z. pyrum nigromarginata Deprez & Govaert, 2009 to the status of a mere form.

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