Winston Ponder

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Winston F. Ponder (born about 1944) is a noted malacologist from New Zealand who has named and described many marine animals, especially micromolluscs.[1] He is a graduate of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Ponder was the principal research scientist in the malacology section of the Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia. He helped to build up the museum's mollusc collection so that it became one of the most extensive of its kind in the world. Ponder retired from this post after a long career of more than forty years of research on molluscs, and he is now an Honorary Fellow.

He has been the president of the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists, and he is the managing editor of the journal Molluscan Research of the Malacological Society of Australasia.[2]

Early in his career, in 1964, he worked on Antarctic collections together with Richard Dell and Alan Beu, resulting in a major monograph on the Antarctic bivalves, chitons and scaphopods.

Ponder is the author of more than 100 research publications. Many of these are on the subjects of the freshwater molluscs of Australia, and on invertebrate conservation. His major contribution was a taxonomy of the Gastropoda, which he published together with David R. Lindberg in 1997 [3] This was the last major publication on the taxonomy of the Gastropoda that was based on the morphology of snails and slugs (their internal and external shapes and forms), and did not take into account any analysis of their DNA or RNA.

In 2008, again with David Lindberg, he edited the book "Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca" [4] in which 36 experts provided an up-to-date review on the evolutionary history of the Mollusca, based on reinvestigation of morphological characters, molecular data and the fossil record.

In 2008 he received the Australian Marine Sciences Association Silver Jubilee Award for a lifetime of achievement in research on marine molluscs.[5]

Some Gastropod taxa named by Ponder[edit]

Higher taxa[edit]

Superfamilies[edit]

Families[edit]

Subfamilies[edit]

Genera[edit]

Taxa named after Ponder[edit]

Genera[edit]

Ponderia Hoaurt, 1986

Species in temporal order[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Invertebrate Zoology - Scientific staff - Dr Winston Ponder". The Australian Museum. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Malacological Society of Australasia
  3. ^ Ponder W. & Lindberg D. R. 1997. Towards a phylogeny of gastropod molluscs; an analysis using morphological characters. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119: 83-265.
  4. ^ Winston F. Ponder and David R. Lindberg (eds.) (2008). Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca. University of California Press. p. 488. 
  5. ^ Recognising research on molluscs

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