𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗰 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝘄𝗮𝗭𝘂𝗹𝘂-𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺.
As we were checking the condition of some of the very old material in our collection we came across the first type specimen recorded in the Museum, Ocenebra natalensis (Smith, 1906) which is now accepted as Favartia natalensis (E. A. Smith, 1906).
Originally it was described as a “cotype” and later designated as a lectotype (a specimen designated as the type of a species or subspecies when no holotype was designated by the original author of the name) by Fair, R. in 1976. It has NMSA catalogue number 36 and the type number T479’ The reason why it doesn’t have type number “one” is because the concept of designating type numbers was introduced later than regular catalogue numbers, so it ended up as T479 not T1.
Smith described the species in the Annals of the Natal Museum 1 (38): 1-7, and donated the type series to the museum through his friend an amateur collector of molluscs and books, Henry Burnup who was the first mollusc collector of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in 1879.