S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Crossley, Mrs Alice (shell collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Mrs Alice Crossley collected land snails at Pietermaritzburg before 1893. The snail Gulella crossleyana was named after her by J.C. Melvill and J.H. Ponsonby* in 1893, but is now regarded as a form of Gulella gouldi. However, the marine mollusc Calliostoma crossleyae, an uncommon Natal species named after her by E.A. Smith in 1910, still carries her name.


List of sources:
Barnard, K.H. Personal names in South African conchology. Cape Town: Conchological Society of SA, 1965.

Herbert, D. & Kilburn, D. Field guide to the land snails and slugs of eastern South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Natal Museum, 2004.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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