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Excerpt from 58th Annual Report, 1904, Vol. 4The study of the recent Mollusca, La belle science as it has been termed, is very attractive to many intelligent persons and the interest in recent shells is widespread throughout the State. Since theMoreExcerpt from 58th Annual Report, 1904, Vol. 4The study of the recent Mollusca, La belle science as it has been termed, is very attractive to many intelligent persons and the interest in recent shells is widespread throughout the State. Since the publication of the illustrated descriptions of the New York Mollusca by James E. De Kay in 1843, as a part of the Natural History of New York, only occasional efforts have been made by the State Museum to bring present knowledge of these creatures to a fuller expression. It would doubtless be well, after this lapse of more than 60 years to portray in monographic detail the molluscan fauna of the State in its scientific and economic bearings. Pending the inauguration of such an undertaking, it is believed that the complete list of species of our Mollusca with references to places of description herewith presented, will serve a useful purpose. It comprehends all verified species four molluscan fauna and it invites suggestions and emendations from students of the subject. This list has been prepared at the suggestion of my predecessor in office, Dr F. J. H. Merrill, by Miss Elizabeth J. Letson, director of the Museum of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, a keen and accomplished student of this branch of science.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.