Incorporation of the Jorge Vaz Collection into the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo
Daniel C. Cavallari & Luiz Ricardo L. Simone
Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
The mollusk specimens belonging to the former physician and researcher Jorge Faria Vaz’s private collection were incorporated into the institutional assemblage of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo from 2005 to 2013. A brief account on his life and career, as well as a statistical report of the assemblage are herein provided. The whole collection comprises 2,673 lots, from which, 2,285 contain Brazilian specimens, 367 are from other regions of the globe and 21 have unknown locality data. It includes 1,854 gastropod lots, 800 bivalve lots, tusk-shells (12 lots), cephalopods (6 lots) and a single polyplacophoran lot. Most specimens belong to terrestrial and freshwater groups (52%). In total, 184 molluscan families are present, the most abundant are: Hyriidae (Bivalvia), Bulimulidae (Gastropoda), Dentaliidae (Scaphopoda), Spirulidae (Cephalopoda) and Ischnochitonidae (Polyplacophora). The most noteworthy specimens are types and examined material from recently described and revised species, as well as several vouchers from Dr. Vaz’s papers, now made available to the scientific community.
Cite as: Cavallari, D.C. & Simone, L.R.L. (2015) Incorporation of the Jorge Vaz Collection into the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. Strombus 22(1–2): 29–36.
Publication date: 31 December 2015.