Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:40:42 -0400
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From: "Harry G. Lee" <shells@HGLEE.COM>
Subject: Re: Cymatium gemmatum
My read of Beu (1998: 134) indicates he synonymized Cymatium (Septum) beui
Garcia-Talavera, 1985 [your "Hawaiian beui"] under C. (S.) occidentale
Beu, A.G., 1998. Indo-West Pacific Ranellidae, Bursidae and Personidae
(Mollusca: Gastropoda) A monograph of the New Caledonian fauna and
revisions of related taxa. Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire
Naturelle Tome 178. Éditions du Muséum, Paris. pp 1-255 + ii unpaginated.
At 05:06 AM 9/26/2005, you wrote:
>Even here in Hawaii all the litterature points to Cymatium gemmatum being
>found here when the ID is actally mundum. It occurs on shallow reefs with a
>full hairy brown periostracum. The shell's color is white while gemmatum is
>light brown w/a elongated body. In the Philippines true gemmatum occurs in
>deeper divable depths while mundum are snorkeling depths.
>Also our Hawaiian refference material identifies Cymatium vespaceum as being
>found here when the correct ID should be comptum. True vespaceum isn't found
>here though both species occur in the Philippines also. Beu's recent work
>clears alot of the confusion. For example Hawaiian beui was once reffered to
>as a brown rubeculum & some have compared it to occidentale from Florida.
>Back to the question in hand there is a true gemmatum & mundum. When
>compared side by side there is no question that there's 2 distinctive species.
> Mahalo! Chris Takahashi
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