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Polymita Taxonomy Page


The Polymita sp. photo page #1

This is a photo and information page for the Polymita sp. of Cuba.
The listed species, subspecies,varieties and forms do not all have
available photos at the moment, they will have verified photos if I can
find specimens to photograph.


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picta syntype

picta syntype aperture

Helix picta Born 1778
Original engraving, from Born 1780,
"Testacea Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis",
p. 386, plate 15, fig 17

Helix picta Born 1778
Original engraving, from Born 1780,
"Testacea Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis",
p. 386, plate 15, fig 18
[Aperture view]


The above engravings were generously submitted by Mr. Wayne Harland
and are scans from his personal copy of Born's 1780,
"Testacea Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis".



picta picta

picta picta aperture

Polymita picta picta (Born 1778)
Near Cajobabo, South coast,
Province of Oriente, Cuba

Polymita picta picta (Born 1778)
Near Cajobabo, South coast,
Province of Oriente, Cuba
[Aperture view]



picta obscurata

picta obscurata ap

Polymita picta picta var obscurata
Torre
1950
Near Punta de Quemado,
Province of Oriente, Cuba

Polymita picta picta var obscurata
Torre
1950
Near Punta de Quemado,
Province of Oriente, Cuba
[Aperture view]


picta multifasciatus

picta multifasciatus Ap

Polymita picta picta var multifasciata
Torre
1950
Near Punta Caleta,
Province of Oriente, Cuba

Polymita picta picta var multifasciata
Torre
1950
Near Punta Caleta,
Province of Oriente, Cuba
[Aperture view]




Discussion of the Polymita sp.
The Polymita is widespread throughout Oriente Province at the
easternmost part of the Island of Cuba, There are no Polymita
found on Isla de Pinos (the largest offshore key / island south of
Cuba) or any of the smaller adjacent offshore keys.
The following is a synopsis of information on these arboreal molluscs;
type locality, holotype or paratype depository and publication of
description. The photo pages will discuss them in groups in the
order
shown on the main listing.
Polymita picta picta (Born 1778) -
Type locality: Torre has selected Jauco and vicinity, on the south coast,
Oriente Province, Cuba as the type locality. This being the
only region where specimens close to the type have been found.
The locality cited in the original description was Italy.

Holotype: Syntype as described in; Born, I. , 1780, Testacea Musei
Caesarei Vindobonensis, p. 386, plate 15, fig 17 & 18.
Holotype in Swiss museum (?).

Description: Born, I. , 1778, Index Rerum Naturalium Musei
Caesarei Vindobonensis, p. 397-398.
(Helix picta).
Polymita picta picta var. muscata Torre1950 -
Type locality: Near Jauco, south coast of Province of Oriente, Cuba.
Holotype: de la Torre collection, whereabouts ??
Description: Torre1950, "El Genero Polymita", Memorias de la Sociedad
Cubana de Historia Natural "Felipe Poey", 20(1): 1-20, 11 color plates.
Polymita picta picta var. multifasciata Torre1950 -
Type locality: Near Playa Blanca, south coast of Province of Oriente, Cuba.
Holotype: de la Torre collection, whereabouts ??
Description: Torre1950, "El Genero Polymita", Memorias de la Sociedad
Cubana de Historia Natural "Felipe Poey", 20(1): 1-20, 11 color plates.
Polymita picta picta var. dimidiata Torre1950 -
Type locality: Montecristo near Maisí, Province of Oriente, Cuba.
Holotype: de la Torre collection, whereabouts ??
Description: Torre1950, "El Genero Polymita", Memorias de la Sociedad
Cubana de Historia Natural "Felipe Poey", 20(1): 1-20, 11 color plates.
Polymita picta picta var. obscurata Torre 1950 -
Type locality: Montecristo near Maisí, Province of Oriente, Cuba.
Holotype: de la Torre collection, whereabouts ??
Description: Torre1950, "El Genero Polymita", Memorias de la Sociedad
Cubana de Historia Natural "Felipe Poey", 20(1): 1-20, 11 color plates.

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