oa Annals of the Natal Museum - The family Ungulinidae in southern Africa and Mozambique (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Lucinoidea)

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Nine species of the genera Diplodonta, Felaniella, Ungulina and Microstagon occur in southern Africa and Mozambique, the two latter genera being the first records from the region. Three species are previously reported endemics, another is a new record, and the remainder are here descriptionbed as new. Previous records of Diplodonta from southern Africa were based on misidentifications or are referable to other genera or families. New species: Ungulina scleractinica, Diplodonta (Diplodonta) planissima, D. (Timothymnus) pseudoglobosa, D. (T.) pinnaculum; Microstagon lacrima. New record: Diplodonta (Diplodonta) lateralis E. A. Smith, 1876. New combination: Felaniella alfredensis Bartsch, 1915, is transferred to Microstagon. Felania whitechurchi Turton, 1936, belongs to Arthritica Finlay, 1927 (family Erycinidae). Types illustrated: Holotypes of Diplodonta lateralis and Felaniella alfredensis; syntypes of Felania subradiata Sowerby, 1892. and Diplodonta (Felania) agulhasensis Jaeckel & Thiele, 1931 (which belong to Felaniella). Nomina dubia (most based on juveniles of tellinoideans): Diplodonta africana and D. almo Bartsch, 1915; D. neptuni, D. thetis and D. proxima Turton, 1932.

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