Dr. Romi Burks from Southwestern University emailed me recently and asked me to “alert people about to the paper by Ken Hayes and his colleagues” that changes the taxonomy of the Island Apple Snail. After Dr. Robert Dillion of the College of Charleston suggested the same thing months ago, I published the abstract of the excellent and exhaustive report Comparing apples with apples: clarifying the identities of two highly invasive Neotropical Ampullariidae in the Recent Reports section of this blog. However, I must admit some defiance (laziness?) to changing the scientific name throughout this site. My poor, old brain just wishes the taxonomists would make up their minds, so I would not have to relearn scientific names. I know I’m not alone. However, as Romi writes, “What’s in a name, one might ask? A whole lot!!” So, it’s official – - Pomacea insularum is no more, or as Ken Hayes et al put it: “Ampullaria gigas Spix, 1827 and Ampullaria insularum d’Orbigny, 1835 are herein synonymized with P. maculata.” Sorry, I’m just the messenger!
Comparing apples with apples: clarifying the identities of two highly invasive Neotropical Ampullariidae (Caenogastropoda) by KENNETH A. HAYES1,*, ROBERT H. COWIE1, SILVANA C. THIENGO2, and ELLEN E. STRONG3, 1Center for Conservation Research and Training, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii, 3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 408, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA,2Instituto Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz, Av. Brasil 4365, 2104-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil,3Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 163, Washington, DC, WA 20013-7012, USA, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Volume 166, Issue 4, pp 723–753, December 2012