Cuspivolva formosa (G. B. Sowerby II in A. Adams and Reeve, 1848) Original Description/Type Figure

    Young Arthur Adams, the ship's surgeon on H.M.S. Samarang, has been praised for his sketches of living mollusks (Dance, 1986: 135, 41), no doubt rendered aboard the Samarang. At least some of these, including ovulids other than the topical species, found their way into this opus. The Adams drawings were apparently copied by G.B. Sowerby II. Whether Sowerby engraved directly from the Adams drawings or first redrew them is not clear, but he credited himself with doing both: each plate bears the inscription"Sowerby del. et lith."!

Adams, A. and L. Reeve, 1848. The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Samarang, under the command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., F.R.A.S., F.G.S., during the years 1843-1846 . Mollusca, part 1. Reeve, Benham and Reeve, London. [i]-iv + 1-24 + pls. 1-9. A version with an introduction and parts 2 and 3 appears on-line: <>.

Dance, S.P., 1986.
A history of shell collecting. E.J. Brill - Dr. W. Backhuys, Leiden, 1986. Frontispiece + [i]-xv + 1-265 + 32 pls.