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End of the book "South American Sea Shells", by Luiz Ricardo L. Simone and collaborators

Grant number: 14/10483-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2014 - November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Applied Zoology
Principal researcher:Luiz Ricardo Lopes de Simone
Grantee:Luiz Ricardo Lopes de Simone
Home Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This Project is continuation of the Project Fapesp 2010/11400-1, completed in 2013, and has the goal of fulfilling some gapes to effectively furnish to the national and international scientific community an iconographic illustrated catalogue, inventorying every known species of marine and estuarine mollusks from both (Atlantic and Pacific) South America coasts. This Project is natural prolongation of other previous projects that resulted in the publication of catalogues on fossil mollusks of Brazil (1994), and other on land and freshwater mollusks (2006), the former completely supported by Fapesp. The species will be listed according to the most modern phylogenetic systematics, including synthetic data on distribution, synonymy, a complete list of bibliographic references and at least a picture. The picture is the main point of the catalogue, in such mainly type-specimens will be illustrated, or voucher-specimens from revisions. Such specimens generally are hosted in foreigner institutions that were mostly visited in the preceding project. However, about 25% of the species still remain to be illustrated, a gap in such the present Project aims to fulfill. Also, and as in the precedent catalogues, the objective is to gather every bibliographic references of the mollusks from that region, from Linné (1758) up to the present. For that, this project also aims to construct a computational scenario to develop and to transform an already done database to the physical, publishable catalogue.The so called inventory fulfills a gap in the South American Malacology, a never previously held result, in such the proponent has perfectly conditions to perform. This inventory, organized as an illustrated catalogue, has the intention to be the first step to anyone interested in studying any aspect of any South American species of mollusks and, additionally, to expand the knowledge by means of the indicated bibliography.In the preceding project (2010/11400-1), the following activities were performed, in order to provide effectively the catalogue: 1) a wide database, accessible via internet, gathering all the information on the marine South-American malacofauna, the total is of ~5,100 searched species (synonyms included) based on ~6,000 consulted papers and books; 2) travels to the Europe and USA researching information and photographing type specimens to represent each South-American species, in such ~75% of the total of species were photographed. The present Project aims to complement that one, effectively ending the database and illustrations, in order to a Publication Request can be submitted to Fapesp. Additionally, the aim is also to acquire an important biological collection of 10,000 lots collected by a specialized firm of malacological sampling to museums and collections. (AU)

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