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Notes on the distribution and variability of Tasmanian land shells

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posted on 2023-11-22, 08:03 authored by Robert Mackenzie Johnston
Having visited many parts of our island but little known to the general traveller, I have, during the past few years, accumulated materials with respect to the distribution and variability of our land and fresh-water shells, which may be helpful in removing some of the existing difficulties in regard to classification.
Mr. Legrand's very excellent monograph, modestly called by him "A Collection for a Monograph of Tasmanian Land Shells," contains a full description of 83 species. Of these the greater part (55) were described by the eminent Australian conchologist, Dr. Cox, whose monograph of the Australian land shells, a work of the greatest value, is necessary to every one who desires to become familiar with Australian conchology.
The remainder is described by well-known leading naturalists as follows, viz., Brazier, 16; Pfeiffer, 8; Reeve, 1; Ferussac, 1; and Leach, 1. The work in addition contains notes and observations relating to distribution, variability, and affinities by Mr. Legrand himself, which are not the least valuable part of the work; and it is illustrated by two beautifully executed plates containing the enlarged drawings of 27 species.

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Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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44-53

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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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