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Pupa antonii Küster, 1847


Pupa antonii Küster, 1847: 92, pl. 10, figs. 7,8; Clench, 1957:137.

Cerion antonii Pilsbry & Vanatta, 1896:325; Gould and Paull, 1977:5.

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Type Locality: Berbice, British Guiana.

Clench (1957:137) reported that the actual type locality is probably Great Inagua, Bahamas. 

Gould and Paull (1977:5) noted that  Cerion antonii was reported by Kuster from the South American coast in Guyana, and "has been dutifully listed by all students of Cerion",  with comments about its anomalous geogra­phy. Gould and Paull did not believe that this species exists, and commented that "the shells were described from a collector's cabinet, not from field observations. Mistaken labels in such cabinets once gave other cerions a proud range from India to China. We have no field records of living Cerion in South America. Moreover, Kuster's shells have not been seen, so far as we can tell, by any subsequent author. All records of C. antonii depend upon the single poor figure published by Kuster and reproduced by Pilsbry (1902) in making his assignment."


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