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Paula M Mikkelsen pmm37 at
Fri Aug 20 15:43:58 GMT 2010

Paleontological Research Institution is proud to announce publication
of *Bulletins
of American Paleontology*, no. 377-378, "Neogene Tonnoidean Gastropods of
Tropical and South America: Contributions to the Dominican Republic and
Panama Paleontology Projects and Uplift of the Central American Isthmus," by
A. G. Beu (550 pp., 79 pls., ISBN 978-0-87710-487-2). See the partial
abstract below. The retail price is US $80.00. Please email me directly for
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Abstract: The 142 species of tonnoidean gastropods recorded from the Neogene
to Recent faunas of tropical America (Mexico, and a few taxa from Florida
and California, south to Ecuador and Brazil) are revised, along with the 12
species of Neogene to Recent Personidae and Ranellidae occurring in Chile
and Argentina. Taxa included are: (1) BURSIDAE: *Bursa*, 11 species,
including the eastern Atlantic species *B. scrobilator* (Linnaeus, 1758) in
the Pliocene and Pleistocene of tropical America; *Aspa marginata* (Gmelin,
1791), an eastern Atlantic species recorded in the Pliocene-Pleistocene of
Limón, Costa Rica; *Crossata*, with one eastern Pacific species (California
to Peru); *Marsupina*, five species, including *M. judensis* n. sp.
(Miocene, Punta Judas, Costa Rica). (2) PERSONIDAE: *Distorsio*, 12 species,
including *D. biangulata* n. sp and *D. jungi* n. sp. (both Miocene,
Cantaure, Venezuela); *Personopsis*, one Recent species. (3) RANELLIDAE,
RANELLINAE: *Argobuccinum*, one species; *Fusitriton*, three species; *
Halgyrineum*, one species; *Priene*, one Chilean species; *Ranella*, three
species, including *R. chilena* n. sp. (Oligocene-Miocene, Chile); *
Ameranella*, one species. (4) RANELLIDAE, CYMATIINAE: *Cabestana*, one
living southwestern Atlantic species; *Charonia*, three species;
crassicordatum* n. gen., n. sp. (Oligocene-Miocene, Chile); *Cymatium*, four
species; *Gelagna*, one species; *Gutturnium*, one species; *Linatella*, one
species; *Monoplex*, 31 species, including *M. gatunicus* n. sp. (Miocene,
Panama), *M. jackwinorum* n. sp. (Miocene, Venezuela), *M. longispira* n.
sp. (Miocene, Dominican Republic), *M. panamensis* n. sp. (Miocene-Pliocene,
both coasts of Panama), and two species left unnamed; *Ranularia*, three
species; *Reticutriton*, five species, one left unnamed; *Septa*, two
species, including *S. landaui* n. sp. (Miocene-Pliocene, Dominican
Republic); *Turritriton*, four species; *Sassia*, seven species, including *S.
warreni* n. sp.; *Cymatiella*, one species, *C. vokesorum* n. sp. (the last
two both Miocene-Pliocene, Dominican Republic). (5) CASSIDAE, CASSINAE: *
Cassis*, 12 species, including *C. altispira *n. sp. (Plio-Pleistocene,
Dominican Republic, Atlantic Costa Rica, and Panama) and *C. costulifera* n.
sp. (Pliocene, Atlantic Costa Rica, and Panama); *Cypraecassis*, six
species, including *C. cantaurana* n. sp. (Miocene, Cantaure, Venezuela); *
Galeodea*, one species; *Sconsia*, six species. (6) CASSIDAE, OOCORYTHINAE:
*Dalium*, two species; *Oocorys*, one species. (7) CASSIDAE, PHALIINAE: *
Echinophoria*, three species; *Semicassis*, five species. (8) TONNIDAE: *
Eudolium*, one species; *Malea*, nine species, including two unnamed; *Tonna
*, two species. Although *Ficus *is now included in the superfamily
Ficoidea, and most tropical American Ficidae are not included here, the
three *Ficus *species in the Dominican Republic are described in an
Appendix: *F. bernardi* n. sp.,* F. gibsonsmithi* n. sp., and *F.
lisselongata* n. sp.
*Neosconsia ecuadoriana* Olsson, 1942 (Pliocene, Ecuador), is transferred to
the family Buccinidae. The Argentinean Oligocene/Miocene species *Ocenebra *(?)
*rada *(Ihering, 1907), *Xymene obliteratus* (Cossmann, 1899), and *Urosalpinx
*(*sensu lato*) *dautzenbergi *(Ihering, 1897) are transferred to the family
Muricidae.* Ipunina vladimiri* Nielsen & Frassinetti, 2008 (Litiopidae;
formerly thought to be an *Oocorys *species), is recorded from Cantaure,
Venezuela. *Charonia seguenzae* (Aradas & Benoit, 1870) is a fourth
Recent *Charonia
*species limited to the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
The occurrences of the atlantiphile species* Linatella caudata* (Gmelin,
1791) in Armuelles Formation (Early Pleistocene), Burica Peninsula, Pacific
Panama, and of the paciphile species *Malea ringens* (Swainson, 1822) in the
Moín Formation (latest Pliocene-earliest Pleistocene), Limón, Atlantic Costa
Rica, indicate that a shallow seaway still allowed intermittent transport of
planktotrophic molluscan larvae between the eastern Pacific and the western
Atlantic during latest Pliocene-earliest Pleistocene time. For much of Late
Pliocene and Early Pleistocene time, the Central American Isthmus would have
alternated between a land bridge during glacial periods of low sea level and
a shallow seaway during interglacial periods of high sea level, until rising
above sea level permanently at around 2 Ma.

This volume should be of interest to those working on Recent gastropod
faunas as well.

Please forgive cross postings.

Paula M. Mikkelsen, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science
and Director of Publications
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