List of the activities
– 21 January:
* statutory meeting with the reading of the annual report and the financial report (F. Nolf);
* presentation of a new issue of Neptunea;
* followed by a PowerPoint presentation on the genus Cymbium in Angolan waters and presentation of the new species Cymbium coenyei;
* browsing through some books looking for erroneous determinations of Cymbium species (… and there were a lot of them!);
* a trip through our website to show all new adjustments;
* a new Clelandella species from Cape Fria (Namibia);
* sparkling wine and snacks to introduce the new working year (Mrs. Nolf).
– 18 February:
* presentation of some 70 Gastropoda and Bivalvia species from the Pliocene (Kallo, Antwerp) by Rudy Bruyneel;
* presentation of Terebellum hubrechti followed by a discussion: a real new species or the umpteenth variety? (Steve Hubrecht and F. Nolf);
* representatives of the Rhapitomidae from deep waters in the Atlantic Ocean (Steve Hubrecht);
* presentation of a package with a dozen species from Galicia (Johan Verstraeten).
– 18 March:
* looking back at the Shell Show in Paris;
* acquaintance with recently published books by Steve Hubrecht;
* the first impressions after the trip to Gambia (Steve);
* acquaintance with Modiolus gallicus versus Modiolus modiolus, Neptunea excelsior and Crepidula dilatata (F. Nolf);
* results of exploration in sand pumped up on the beach of Ostend (F. Nolf);
* presentation of some small West African Veneridae species after determination by Gofas (Johan Verstraeten).
– 15 April:
* study of the differences between Modiolus gallicus and Modiolus modiolus (F. Nolf, J. Verstraeten and S. Hubrecht);
* start of the study of the East Atlantic and Mediterranean Nassariidae.
– 13 May:
* images of museums and fish markets in Japan (Yves Terryn);
* the symposium in London (Yves – April 2018);
* startup of the study of West African Nassariidae (the genera Bullia, Cyllene, Dorsanum, Demoulia, Naytia and Adinopsis) (F. Nolf);
* presentation of a new issue of Neptunea (vol.14, n° 4);
* first echoes after the trip to Senegal by Dirk & Mo De Boe.
– 12 June:
* drawing up the calendar for the meetings in the second semester;
* some remarkable Cymbium specimens from Cameroon and presentation of a possible new species (F. Nolf);
* new books and magazine numbers made available for inspection by Steve Hubrecht;
* a report of the trip to Senegal by Dirk & Mo De Boe on the basis of a very large number of digital images.
– 19 August:
* a new look at the identity of Modiolus gallicus (F. Nolf & S. Hubrecht);
* identification of some West African Nassariidae: the genera Bullia, Cyllene, Dorsanum, Demoulia, Naytia and Adinopsis using multiple binocular microscopes. What seemed obvious turned out to be food for further study afterwards;
* comparison of the possibly new Cymbium species from Cameroon with similar species (F. Nolf);
* several deep-water species of Turridae from the Strait of Mozambique (F. Nolf, S. Hubrecht and J. Verstraeten);
* several deep-water species from Namibia through the Senckenberg Institute (F. Nolf).
– 12 September:
* a new lot of deep-water species from Namibia with some new species to describe (F. Nolf);
* footage of the discussion cases in the genus Bullia (Nassariidae – West Africa) by F. Nolf;
* enrichment of our website with hundreds of digital images of the Panglao expedition (Panglao Biodiversity Project 2004) with thanks to Philippe Bouchet and Yves Terryn;
– discussion about the true identity of Modiolus gallicus to complete the study.
– 21 October:
* presentation of Euspira fusca and a dark form of Euspira catena from the Bay of Biscay (F. Nolf);
* the differences between Calliostoma granulatum and the true Calliostoma lithocolletum from the Bay of Biscay (F. Nolf);
* Bullia sp .: a look at a possible new species from Cameroon;
* a new Calliostoma species from Cabinda (S. Hubrecht);
* presentation of live captured specimens of Cypraea turdus from Djerba (S. Hubrecht).
– 19 November:
* report of the trip to Djerba (Tunisia) through a PowerPoint presentation by Steve Hubrecht;
* ‘Calliostoma lithocolletum‘ of the Canary Islands compared to the real C. lithocolletum from the Bay of Biscay (F. Nolf & J. Verstraeten);
* Euspira lemaitrei Kilburn, 1976 and Euspira massieri Petuch & Berschauer, 2018: the same species? Discussion followed by Petuch’s argumentation via e-mail.
– 16 December:
* report of the trip to São Tomé by Dirk & Mo De Boe (projection of digital images);
* investigation of more Calliostoma material from West Africa (J. Verstraeten, S. Hubrecht & F. Nolf);
* planning the meetings in the first semester of 2019.