The Festivus

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The Festivus  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Malacology, conchology
Language English
Edited by David P. Berschauer
Publication details
San Diego Shell Club (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0738-9388
OCLC no. 4699208
Pteropurpura festiva (Hinds, 1844)

The Festivus is a publication about malacology and conchology published by the San Diego Shell Club in San Diego, California. Originating in 1970, the publication gradually became a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

The Festivus remained as a peer-reviewed journal for many years during the time when the editor-in-chief was Carole Hertz (1970-2014). In 2014 Hertz was succeeded by David P. Berschauer and the journal expanded its physical format and started including popular articles.


The publication's name is in honor of a species of carnivorous sea snail which occurs locally: the "festive murex", previously known as Murex festivus, and now known as Pteropurpura festiva.[1]


The journal was established in 1970 as a shell club newsletter, and gradually evolved to become a scientific journal which was published monthly from January through November each year until 2014. The founding editor was Carole Hertz, under whose guidance the journal grew into a scientific journal.[2]

In February 2014, it was announced that The Festivus would, from that point on, be published quarterly in both electronic and print format, and, that in addition to scientific articles, popular articles of general interest and advertising would be included. Hertz stepped down as editor. The first quarterly issue was published in May 2014, which included articles naming new taxa.

Special supplements[edit]

Occasionally, The Festivus has published book-like "Special Supplements". Some examples are:

  • Superfamily, Muricacea: Catalogue of Coralliophilidae by Antony D'Attilio
  • The recent molluscan marine fauna of Isla de Malpelo, Colombia by Kiestie L. Kaiser
  • An atlas of Cowrie Radulae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cypraeoidea: Cypraeidae) by Hugh Bradner and E. Alison Kay


  1. ^ "Pteropurpura (Pteropurpura) festiva". Hardy's Internet Guide to Marine Gastropods. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ Hertz, J. and Hertz, C. M. (2006). "The Festivus, the making of a scientific journal". The Festivus 38 (5): 53–57. 

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