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Snail shell specimens

Date

1778

Creator

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

55208

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape
      > shell

Description

Conchological study of thirteen snail shell types.

Figure 1 – the garden snail, Cornu aspersum, referred to in the associated description as Cochleae vulgaris common.
Figures 2 and 3 – the river nerite, Theodoxus fluviatilis, referred to here as Fluviatiles lottoralis.
Figures 4 and 5 – the bleeding tooth snail shell, Nerita peloronta, referred to here as Nerita corneus.
Figure 6 – a Kalidos rufescens snail shell, referred to here as Cochleae rufescens.
Figure 7 – the dune snail, Cernuella neglecta, referred to here as the Cochleae virgate.
Figure 8 – a Helix hispida snail shell, referred to here as Helix erica.
Figure 9 – the pointed snail shell, Cochlicella acuta, referred to here as the Helix acuta.
Figure 10 – the small air-breathing land snail, Hygromia limbata, referred to here as Fluviatiles limbata.
Figure 11 – the air-breathing land snail, Sphincterochila candidissima, referred to here as Fluviatiles crassa.
Figure 12 – the whirlpool Ramshorn snail, Anisus vorticulus, referred to here as Fluviatiles planorbis.
Figure 13 – the Ramshorn apple snail, Marisa cornuarietis, referred to here as Fluviatiles cornu arietis.
Figure 14 – the Roman snail, or Burgundy snail, Helix pomatia, referred to here as the Cochleae pomatia.
Figures 15 and 16 – the air-breathing land snail, Trochoidea pyramidata, referred to here as Helix radiata.

Plate 4 from Emanuel Mendes da Costa’s Historia naturalis testaceorum Britanniae, or, The British conchology: containing the descriptions and other particulars of natural history of the shells of Great Britain and Ireland (London, 1778), illustrated with figures, text in English and French.

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791) naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1747.

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