Activities 2018

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 BulliaCyllene, 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 BulliaCyllene, 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.