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Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791), Naturalist

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Conchological study of seven snail and whelk shell types.

Figure 1 – the common periwinkle, Littorina littorea, referred to here as Fluviatiles littoreus.
Figure 2 – Lister’s river snail, Vivaprus contectus, referred to here as Fluviatiles vivipara.
Figure 3 – the common tower shell, Turritella communis, referred to here as Bicarinatus torcular.
Figure 4 – the knobbed whelk, Busycon carica, referred to here as Buccina canaliculata.
Figure 5 – a Colus gracilis sea snail shell, referred to here as Buccina canaliculata gracile.
Figure 6 – the common whelk Buccinum undatum, referred to here as Buccina canaliculata vulgare.
Figure 7 – the lined top shell, Phorcus lineatus, referred to here as Fluviatiles lineatus.

Plate 6 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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