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Massier Species

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Barycypraea fultoni massieri

Description: Lorenz, 1991. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Only found in southern Mozambique (not in South Africa). Since the Russian trawlers are not operating any longer in Mozambique it has become very rare again.
Family: Cypraeidae
Locality: Mozambique

Bistolida stolida uvongoensis

Description: Massier, 2004. Described in "Malacologia Mostra Mondiale", Italy. Named after the type locality, Uvongo on the Natal south coast. Mainly found beached. Rare.
Family: Cypraeidae
Locality: South Africa

Cypraeovula algoensis namibiensis

Description: Massier, 2006. Described in "Malacologia Mostra Mondiale", Italy. Was described after specimens found dead in southern Namibia but the distribution area has now been extended to Cape Columbine of the southwestern Cape Province of South Africa. Rare.
Family: Cypraeidae
Locality: Namibia

Cypraeovula capensis gonubiensis

Description: Massier, 1993. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Always with a purple tinge. Only found in the East London area, South Africa.
Family: Cypraeidae
Locality: South Africa

Cosmetalepas massieri

Description: Poppe, Tagaro & Sarino, 2011; described in VISAYA, Vol. 3 No. 4, Philippines. Endemic to Namibia. Deep-water species from appr. 500 m.So far only 3 specimens have been found.
Family: Fissurellidae
Locality: Namibia

Marginella anapaulae

Description: Massier, 2004. Described in "Malacologia Mostra Mondiale", Italy. Named after Mrs. Ana Paula Rosado, the wife of Josť Rosado of Maputo, Mozambique, who discovered this species. Only found in Mozambique so far. Uncommon.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: Mozambique

Marginella celestae

Description: Massier & Rosado, 2008. Named after Mrs. Celeste Rosado, the late mother of the co-author, who lived for a long time in Angola. Only found in southern Angola at a diveable depth. Uncommon.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: Angola

Marginella felixi

Description: Massier, 2004. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Named after my Airedale Terrier, Felix, trained by myself and the first Namibian dog to win the prestigious title of Obedience Champion. Deep-water species. Trawled on Agulhas Bank, South Africa. Rare.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella fishhoekensis

Description: Massier, 2004. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Named after the type locality, Fishhoek, South Africa. Found only in the Western Cape in South Africa. Replaces the commonly used M. floccata, which is a different species and found only much further east.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella himburgae

Description: Massier & Zettler, 2009. Described in "Malacologia Mostra Mondiale", Italy. Named after the wife of the co-author. Only found in northern Namibia close to the Angolan border. Dredged by a German research vessel. Rare.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: Namibia

Marginella joanmassierae

Description: Bozzetti, 1992. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. Dived. Named after my wife Joan Massier. From the Southern and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Uncommon.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella natalcinerea

Description: Massier, 1993. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Deep-water species. Only found in Natal, South Africa. Rare.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella nebulosa abyssinebulosa

Description: Massier, 2004. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. A deep-water subspecies of M. nebulosa. Dredged between Jeffreys Bay and East London, South Africa. Rare.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella roseafasciata

Description: Massier, 1993. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Deep-water species. Only found in Natal, South Africa. Rare.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella werneri

Description: Bozzetti, 1993. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. From the Southern Cape, South Africa. Uncommon.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Marginella westhuizeni

Description: Massier, 1993. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Named after Louis van der Westhuizen of Durban, South Africa, who provided most of the type material. Deep-water species. Only found in Natal, South Africa and probably in southern Mozambique. Rare.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Prunum dawnbrinkae

Description: Massier, 1993. Described in "Schriften zur Malakozoologie", Germany. Named after the late Mrs. Dawn Brink of Durban, South Africa, a very advanced and knowledgeable collector. Found in the Easter Cape and Natal, South Africa. Uncommon.
Family: Marginellidae
Locality: South Africa

Aclyvolva nicolamassierae

Description: Fehse, 1999. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. Named after my daughter Nicola Massier. Only found in Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Dived at 40 m. Uncommon.
Family: Ovulidae
Locality: Reunion Island

Naviculavolva massierorum

Description: Fehse, 1999. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. Named after my wife Joan and myself. Described after specimens from Mozambique. Dived. Uncommon.
Family: Ovulidae
Locality: East Africa

Patella skelettensis

Description: Massier, 2009. Described in "Malacologia Mostra Mondiale", Italy. Has only been found in a very restricted area on the Skeleton Coast in northern Namibia, just south of the Angolan border. Seems to be rare. A massive and beautiful species.
Family: Patellidae
Locality: Namibia

Patella swakopmundensis

Description: Massier, 2009. Described in "Malacologia Mostra Mondiale", Italy. Named after the type locality, Swakopmund, my adopted home town in the Namib Desert. From central Namibia to Groen Point on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. Was lumped together with P. miniata, but there are anatomical and significant conchological differences. Locally common.
Family: Patellidae
Locality: Namibia + South Africa

Niveria (Cleotrivia) coletteae

Description: Fehse, 1999. Described in "Club Conchylia Informationen", Germany. Named after my daughter Colette Massier. Dredged at 40 m. Totally globular. Uncommon.
Family: Triviidae
Locality: Reunion Island

Niveria (Cleotrivia) werneri

Description: Fehse, 1999. Described in "Club Conchylia Informationen", Germany. Shallow-water species. Uncommon.
Family: Triviidae
Locality: Senegal/Ghana

Trivia massieri

Description: Martin & Poppe, 1991. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. A very rare species only found in the Western Cape, South Africa
Family: Triviidae
Locality: South Africa

Triviella franziskae

Description: Fehse & Massier, 2000. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. Named after my late mother, Franziska Massier. Found in the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa. Rare.
Family: Triviidae
Locality: South Africa

Gibbula massieri

Description: Rolan & Zettler, 2010. Described in "Iberus", Spain. So far only found in northern Namibia.
Family: Trochidae
Locality: Namibia

Bolma massieri

Description: Bozzetti, 1992. Described in "La Conchiglia", Italy. Trawled deep-water species. Usually found dead or crabbed. Rare in live condition.
Family: Turbinidae
Locality: South Africa
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