Staff Spotlight

John Slapcinsky

John Slapcinsky portriatMalacology Collections Manager
245 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611


Florida Museum Malacology (Invertebrate Zoology)

Research Interests/Current Field Work

The worlds faunas are being homogenized as housing, agriculture and industry are eliminating animals and plants adapted to natural habitats while commerce is introducing generalist species capable of thriving in human modified habitats. In many cases faunal changes are occurring before areas are well surveyed, this is especially true for under-studied animals with low vagility like terrestrial mollusks. My field projects are focused on documenting diversity of terrestrial snails through anatomical studies and taxonomic surveys of snails in under-sampled geographic areas and microhabitats. One of these projects is a multi-year effort to sample the terrestrial snails of the Papuan Peninsula and nearby islands off eastern New Guinea suggests the area is much more diverse than previously known. Surveys in southeastern North America focusing on small species restricted to specialized habitats including seeps and springs are also uncovering previously unreported species. Surveys also uncover exotic species that have not previously been noticed. Early detection of these exotic and potentially invasive snails facilitates efforts at interdiction and eradication before they become well established and have an opportunity to impact natural habitats and agriculture.


Representative Publications

Bieler, R. & Slapcinsky, J. 2000. A case study for the development of an island fauna: recent terrestrial mollusks of Bermuda. Nemouria 44: 1-100.

Keegan, W. F., Portell, R. W. & Slapcinsky, J. 2003. Changes in invertebrate taxa at two pre-Columbian sites in southwestern Jamaica, AD 800-1500. Archaeological Science 30: 1607-1617.

Robinson, D. & Slapcinsky, J. (in press) Recent introductions of alien gastropods into North America. American Malacological Bulletin.

Slapcinsky, J. (in press) Six new species of Paryphantopsis from the Papuan Peninsula, New Guinea. The Nautilus.

Slapcinsky, J. & Coles, B. 2004. Revision of the genus Pilsbryna (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Gastrodontidae) and comments on the taxonomic status of Pilsbryna tridens. The Nautilus 118(2): 55-70.

Townsend, J. H., Slapcinsky, J., Krysko, K.L., Donlan, E.M., Golden, E.A. (in press) Predation of a tree snail Drymaeus multilineatus (Gastropoda: Bulimulidae) by Iguana iguana (Reptilia: Iguanidae) on Key Biscayne, Florida. Southeastern Naturalist.