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Mussel of the Month

The May 2020 Mussel of the Month is Leoparreysia bhamoensis. Leoparreysia is a genus of a dozen species from Myanmar.

Leoparreysia
BMNH 1888.12.4.2018. Mandelay [Myanmar] (type of Unio mandelayensis Theobald, 1873).

Leoparreysia is another new genus described or resurrected after the explosion of new research in eastern Asia initiated by Lopes-Lima et al. (2017) and Bolotov et al. (2017). We have used the Mussel of the Month for years now to talk about the proliferation of new taxa. For example, there is a helpful chart in our discussion of Leaunio lienosus. Last Decemeber, we made a list of new genus-group level taxa, but it is already out of date! For 2020 so far, we have gained 18 new species and 5 genera, not to mention all the taxa that have been resurrected from synonymy (Bolotov et al., 2020a, b; Konopleva et al., 2020; Lopes-Lima et al., 2020)

This page was created early in anticpation of being blocked from working for an extended period due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Rather than missing a monthly entry for the first time in nearly 17 years, we posted this one early. However, since this page was originally drafted in March, we have gained 19 new species and 5 genera! Check out the MUSSELp Database to see the latest additions.

Classification:

Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivalvia
Subclass Palaeoheterodonta
Order Veneroida

Superfamily UNIONOIDEA Rafinesque, 1820
Family UNIONIDAE s.s
Subfamily PARREYSIINAE Henderson, 1935
Tribe LEOPARREYSIINI Vikhrev, Bolotov & Aksenova, 2017

Leoparreysia Vikhrev, Bolotov & Aksenova, 2017

Species Leoparreysia bhamoensis (Theobald, 1873)

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