Contribucion a la Fauna Malacologica Cubana por Rafael Arango y Molina. Rafael Arango y. Molina.
The First Catalog of Cuban Mollusks

Contribucion a la Fauna Malacologica Cubana por Rafael Arango y Molina.

Habana: Imp. de G. Montiel y Comp., Calle de la Amargura, num. 36. 1878. In contemporary half leather. 280, 35 [1] p. Bookseller’s/bookbinder’s vignette on inner front panel: Miguel Alorda / Libreria la Enciclopedia Encuadernaciones Habana. Later presentation inscription on front fly leaf. Binding worn, rubbed. Inside firm, sporadic foxing, otherwise in very good condition.

First edition of the first catalog of Cuban mollusks. Contribucion a la Fauna Malacologica Cubana was written by the most notable Cuban malacologist of all time Rafael Arango y Molina (1836–1893). (Espinosa, 2013) Contribucion, Arango’s most important work, is an extensive catalog of autochthonous mollusks that collects the classification of this group of families, genera, and species with their scientific names, and also the synonymy, the habitat, and region of the country where they are located.

During the 17th–18th centuries, only a few Cuban species of the mollusk fauna were discovered and all of them were erroneously attributed to Italy and China. It was the 19th-century when more than a hundred new Cuban mollusks were discovered and described, also in the present work, which is the first catalog of Cuban mollusks. (Maceira et al., 2011)

Literature: Espinosa, J.: Las polimitas. Guatemala; La Habana: Ediciones Polymita; Ediciones Boloña. 2013.; Maceira, D. et al. 2011. Historia de la malacologia terrestre cubana 1839–2010. Gaia, Biodiversidad, medioambiente y sociedad (12): pp. 1–48.

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