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Volume 44 - Number 3 - 2009

Two new species of the genus Volvarina Hinds, 1844 (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Marginellidae) from Venezuela

Manuel Caballer1, José Espinosa2 y Jesús Ortea3


1Departamento de Oceanología y Ciencias Costeras. IVIC. Ctra. Panamericana Km 11, Miranda, Venezuela
2Instituto de Oceanología, Avda. 1ª nº 18406, E. 184 y 186, Playa, La Habana, Cuba
3Departamento BOS, Universidad de Oviedo, España




Two species of the genus Volvarina Hinds, 1844 were collected alive in La Tortuga Island (Venezuela) during the year 2008. None of them fit in the original description of the species of the genus known to date, so they are described as new in this work. Volvarina ivic, new species is characterized by four columellar folds, aligned in pairs, and by the shape and the color pattern of the shell, with three spiral dark pink bands, the latest of which is very wide and bifurcated and also by the pattern of white spots observed in the foot of the living animal. Volvarina latortuga, new species, its characterized by the shape and the small size of its pale shell that has three undivided dark yellow spiral bands and four parallel columellar folds


Key words: Endemisms, South Caribbean, Cariaco, La Tortuga Island




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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