Henry Augustus Pilsbry

7 December 1862 - 26 October 1957

Born: near Iowa City, Iowa.

Died: Lantana, Florida. Burried at Bala, Pennsylvania.

Occupation: Malacoligist. Newspaper reporter in Iowa City and Davenport, 1882-1887. Assitant Curator under G.W. Tryon, ANSP, 1887. Conservator of Conchology, ANSP, 1888-1895. Curator, ANSP, 1895-1957.

Education: B.S., Univesity of Iowa, 1882, Honorary D. Sci., University of Iowa, 1899; University of Pennsylvania, 1940; Temple University, 1941.

Societies / Service: Editor, Manual of Conchology, 1889-1932. Editor, Nautilus, 1889-1957. Honorary member, Conchological Society of Great Britian; California Academy of Science, Senkenberg Natur. Gesell; Society of Malacology "Carlos de la Torre". First President of the American Malacological Society, 1907. First President of AMU, 1931, Honorary President, 1936-1957. Honorary Life President, Phildelphia Shell Club, 1955-1957.

Travels: Florida, Cuba, Southwestern U.S. (with J.H. Ferriss and L.E. Daniels), Hawaii, Japan, Australia, West Indies, Galapagos, South and Central America.

Collection Deposition:

Research Interests:

Remarks: Joseph Leidy Awad, ANSP, 1928. Published about 3,000 papers on mollusks and barnacles.

Data from: Abbott, R.T., and M.E. Young (eds.). 1973. American Malacologists: A national register of professional and amateur malacologists and private shell collectors and biographies of early American mollusk workers born between 1618 and 1900. American Malacologists, Falls Church, Virginia. Consolidated/Drake Press, Philadelphia. 494 pp.

Other References: Baker, H.B. 1957. Henry Augustus Pilsbry 1862-1957. American Malacological Union, Inc. Annual Reports. 1957(23):1 + 1 plate.

Baker, H.B. 1958. Henry Augustus Pilsbry 1862-1957. Nautilus 71(3):73-83.

Partial Bibliography

Hedley, C., and H.A. Pilsbry. 1895. On the Austalasian Gundlachia. Nautilus 9(6):61-68.
Johnson, C.W., and H.A. Pilsbry. 1892. A new American Helix. Nautilus 6(1):8-9.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1890. Preliminary notices of new Amnicolidae. Nautilus 4(5):52-53.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1891. A new species of Arconaia. Nautilus 4(11):127-128.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1891. Preliminary notices of new Mexican shells. Nautilus 5(1):8-10
Pilsbry, H.A. 1891. Critical notes on eastern Texas Unionidae. Nautilus 5(7):74-77.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1892. Preliminary notices of new forms of fresh water mollusks. Nautilus 5(12):142-143.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1892. On the amnicolid genus Lyogyrus, with the description of a new species. Nautilus 6(6):61-62.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1892. New and unfigured Unionidae. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 44(1892):131-132 + 2 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1892. A new species of Pachycheilus. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 44(1892):153-154.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1893. Illustrations of new shells. Nautilus 7(1):1-2 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1893. Notes on the genera of Unionidae and Mutelidae. Nautilus 7(3):30.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1893. Illustrations of Mexican Melanians. Nautilus 7(6):61-64 + 2 plates (plate 1 was published in Vol 7, No. 1).
Pilsbry, H.A. 1893. Notes on a collection of shells from the state of Tabasco, Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 44(1892):338-341 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. New American fresh-water mollusks. Nautilus 8(10):114-116.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. New forms of American shells. Nautilus 8(9):102.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. New forms of American Zonitidae and Helicidae. Nautilus 9(2):14-16.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. An index to the "Conchologists' Exchange." Nautilus 9(4):43-48.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. An index to the "Conchologists' Exchange." (cont.) Nautilus 9(5):57-60.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. A new Mexican Bythinella. Nautilus 9(6):68-69.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1895. Mussels in a city reservoir. Nautilus 9(7):83-84.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896. A new species of Pomatiopsis. Nautilus 10(4):37-38.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896. Notes on new species of Amnicolidae collected by Dr. Rush in Uruguay. Nautilus 10(8):86-89.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896. Limnea bulmoides Lea resisting drought. Nautilus 10(8):96.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896. New American Ancylidae. Nautilus 9(12):137-139.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896. Critical list of mollusks collected in the Potomac valley. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 46(1894):11-30.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896. A remarkable Central American melanian. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 46(1894):269-270.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1896 & 1897. New species of fresh water mollusks from South America. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 48(1896):561-565 + 2 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1897. Campeloma descisum Say, reversed. Nautilus 10(10):118.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1897. Polygyra ferrissi n. sp. Nautilus 11(9):92.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1897. Geology of the mussel-bearing clays of Fish-House, New Jersey. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 48(1896):567-570.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1898. Descriptions of new American land shells. Nautilus 11(12):133-134.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1898. Notices of new species and varieties of American land shells. Nautilus 12(2):22-23.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1898. Notes on new and little known Amnicolidae. Nautilus 12(4):42-44.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1898. Notes on Uruguay and Argentine fresh-water shells. Nautilus 12(4):46.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1898. Descriptions of new species and varieties of American Zonitidae and Endodontidae. Nautilus 12(8):85-87.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. Potamolithus jacuhyensis, n. sp. Nautilus 12(10):113.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. Catalogue of the Amnicolidae of the western United States. Nautilus 12(11):121-127.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. New Amnicolidae from Florida. Nautilus 13(2):20-22.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. New southwestern forms of Polygyra. Nautilus 13(4):37-41.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. Planorbis rubellus sterki, and P. harni Pilsbry. Nautilus 13(5):51-52.
PIlsbry, H.A. 1899. Mollusks collected by R.C. MCGregor in Northern California. Nautilus 13(6):64-67.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. Note on some New Mexican shells. Nautilus 13(7):79.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. Nomenclature and check-list of North American land shells. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 51(1899):191-210.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1899. Descriptions of new species of Mexican land and fresh-water mollusks. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 51(1899):391-402.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1900. Notes on some southern Mexican shells. Nautilus 13(12):139-141.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1900. A descriptive catalogue of the Mollusca of Indiana, R.E. Call. (Review). Nautilus 14(8):94-95.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1900. Mollusca of the Great Smoky Mountains. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 52(1900):110-150.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1900. Notes on certain Mollusca of southwestern Arkansas. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 52(1900):449-459.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1902. New American land snails. Nautilus 16(3):30-33.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1902. Revision of Japanese Viviparidae, with notes on Melania and Bithynia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 54(1902):115-121 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1902. [Land Mollusks collected by Mr. James Ferriss during February of this year, in Indian Territory, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.] Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 54(1902):510-512.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1903. The greatest American Planorbis. Nautilus 17(7):75-76.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1903. Shells of Douglas Co., central Washington. Nautilus 17(7):84.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1903. Mollusca of western Arkansas and adjacent states, with a revision of Paravitrea. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 55(1903):193-214 + 3 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1904. A new Floridian Amnicola. Nautilus 17(10):113-114.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1904. A new subspecies of Polygyra tridentata. Nautilus 17(12):142-143.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1904. Mexican land and freshwater mollusks. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 55(1903):761-789 + 8 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1905. Mollusca of the southwestern states, I: Urocoptidae; Helicidae of Arizona and New Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 57(1905):211-290 + 11 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1906. Shells of Grant, Valencia Co., New Mexico. Nautilus 19(11):130.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1906. Two new American genera of Basommatophora. Nautilus 20(5):49-51 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1906. Note on Lepyrum. Nautilus 20(5):51.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1907. Descriptions of new Mexican land shells. Nautilus 21(4):26-29 + 2 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1907. A new species of Fluminicola. Nautilus 21(7):75-76 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1908. Valvata humeralis californica n. subsp. Nautilus 22(8):82.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1909. Mollusks from northeastern Mexico. Nautilus 23(4):45-49 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1910. New Amnicolidae of the Panuco River system, Mexico. Nautilus 23(8):97-100 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1910. Unionidae of the Panuco River system, Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 61(1909):532-539 + 3 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1910. New land shells from Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 61(1909):540-546.
Pilsbry, H.A 1912. A new species of Amnicola. Nautilus 26(1):1 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1912. A new Oreohelix from Colorado. Nautilus 26(3):29-31.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1912. Two new American land shells collected by Messrs. Hebard and Rehn. Nautilus 26(8):88-90.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1915. Mollusca of the southwestern States VI: The Hacheta Grande, Florida, and Peloncillo Mountains, New Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 68(1916):323-350 + 3 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1916. New species of Amnicola from New Mexico and Utah. Nautilus 29(10):111-112.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1916. Goniobasis in western Pennsylvania. Nautilus 30(1):4-5.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1916. New subspecies of Viviparus and Campeloma. Nautilus 30(4):41-43.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1916. Planorbis dilatatus and P. sampsoni. Nautilus 30(8):95-96.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1916. Notes on the anatomy of Oreohelix, with a catalogue of the species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 68(1916):340-359 + 4 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1917. Rafinesque's genera of fresh-water shells. Nautilus 30(10):109-114.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1917. Amnicolidae from Oneida Lake, NY. Nautilus 31(2):44-46.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1917. Notes on the anatomy of Oreohelix. II. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 69(1917):42-46.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1917. The reproductive organs of Epiphragmophora callistoderma P. and F. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 69(1917):47.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1918. On the generic position of Soronella wolcottiana Bartsch. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 70(1918):139-140.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1919. Elizabeth Letson Bryan, Sc. D. Nautilus 32(4):142-143.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1920. Some Auricularidae and Planorbidae from Panama. Nautilus 33(3):76-79.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1920. Mollusca from Central America and Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 71(1919):212-223 + plate 11.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1920. Mollusks from Lake Chapala, State of Jalisco and vicinity. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 72(1918):192-194.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1920. Costa Rican land and freshwater mollusks. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 72(1918):2-10.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1921. Note on a variety of Liguus. Nautilus 34(4):140.
[Pilsbry, H.A.] 1922. [Review of] On the nomenclature of certain North American naiades, by A.E. Ortmann and Bryant Walker. Nautilus 36(2):70-71.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1923. Descriptions of fresh-water mussels of the Kenya Colony and South Africa. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 75(1921):275-277 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1926. James H. Ferriss. Nautilus 15(1):1-6 + portrait.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1927. Arnold Edward Ortmann. Nautilus 40(4):100-111 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1927. Annie E. Law. Nautilus 40(4):132-133.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1933. Zoological results of the Matto Grosso expedition to Brazil in 1931,-II. Mollusca. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 85(?):67-76 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1934. Zoological results of the Dolan West China Expedition of 1931, Part II, Mollusks. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 86:5-28, pls. 1-6.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1935. Descriptions of middle American land and freshwater mollusca. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 87(1935):1-6 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1935. South American land and freshwater mollusks, IX.- Colombian species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 87(?):83-88 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1939. Land Mollusca of North America (North of Mexico). Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Monographs 3. 1(1):1-574.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1940. Land Mollusca of North America (North of Mexico). Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Monographs 3. 1(2):575-994.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1944. Molluscan fossils from the Rio Pachitea and vicinity in eastern Peru. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia ??(?):137-153 + 3 plates.
[Pilsbry, H.A.] 1945. [Review of] Revision of the Mollusca of Indiana. Nautilus 59(2):72.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1946. Land Mollusca of North America (North of Mexico). Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Monographs 3. 2(1):1-520.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1948. Land Mollusca of North America (North of Mexico). Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Monographs 3. 2(2):521-1113.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1948. Inland mollusks of Northern Mexico. - I. The genera Humboltiana, Sonorella, Oreohelix and Ashmunella. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 100(1948):185-203 + plates 12-14.
Pilsbry, H.A. 1953. Inland Mollusca of Northern Mexico. II. Urocoptidae, Pupillidae, Strobilopsidae, Valloniidae, ad Cionellidae. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 105(1953):133-167 + plates 3-10.
Pilsbry, H.A., and A.A. Hinkley. 1907. New land and fresh-water shells from Mexico. Nautilus 21(4):38-39 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A., and A.A. Hinkley. 1910. Melaniidae of the Panuco River system, Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 61(1909):519-531 + 2 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and A.A. Olsson. 1935. Tertiary fresh-water mollusks of the Magdalena embayment, Colombia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 87(?):7-39 + 5 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and A.A. Olsson. 1944. A Venezuelan species of Fossula. Nautilus 57(3):89 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A., and C.W. Johnson. 1912. A new Floridian Viviparus. Nautilus 26(4):48.
Pilsbry, H.A., and F.C. Baker. 1927. Description of a new species of Somatogyrus from Wisconsin. Nautilus 41(1):24-25.
Pilsbry, H.A., and H.N. Lowe. 1932 New West American species of Bulimulus and Nassa. Nautilus 46(2):49-52.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J. Bequaert. 1927. [Index to The aquatic mollusks of the Belgian Congo. With a geographical and ecological account of Congo malacology]. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 53:i+xviii, 603-659.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J. Bequaert. 1927. The aquatic mollusks of the Belgian Congo. With a geographical and ecological account of Congo malacology. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 53:69-602 + 68 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss 1906. Mollusca of the southwestern states. II. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 58(1906):123-175 + plates 5-9.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1907. Notes on some New Mexican Ashmunellas. Nautilus 20(12):133-135 + plate 8.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1907. Mollusca of the Ozarkian Fauna. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 58(1906):529-567 + 3 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1910. Mollusca of the southwestern states, III: The Huachuca Mountains, Arizona. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 61(1909):495-516 + 3 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1910. A new Soronella from the Rincon Mountains Arizona. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 61(1909):517-518 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1910. Mollusca of the southwestern states: IV. The Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 62(1910):44-147 + plates 1-14.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1915. The New Mexican expedition of 1914 - Ashmunella. Nautilus 29(2):13-16 + 1 plate.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1915. The New Mexican expedition of 1914 - Ashmunella. (cont.) Nautilus 29(3):29-35.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1915. The New Mexican expedition of 1914 - Ashmunella. (cont.). Nautilus 29(4):41-43.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1915. Mollusca of the southwestern States VII: The Dragoon, Mule, Santa Rita, Baboquivari, and Tucson Ranges, Arizona. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 68(1916):363-418 + 8 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1917. Mollusca of the southwestern States VIII: The Black Range, New Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 69(1917):83-107 + 4 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1918. New land shells from California and Nevada. Nautilus 31(3):93-95.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1919. New landsnails collected by the Ferriss and Hinkley Expedition of 1919. Nautilus 33(1):19-21.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1919. Mollusca of the southwestern States IX: The Santa Catalina, Rincon, Tortillita and Galiuro Mountains. X. The mountains of the Gila headwaters. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 70(1918):282-333 + 5 plates.
Pilsbry, H.A., and J.H. Ferriss. 1923. Mollusca of the southwestern States, XI - From the Tucson Range to Ajo, and mountain ranges between the San Padro and Santa Cruz rivers, Arizona. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 75(1923):47-103 + plates 1-8.
Pilsbry, H.A., and L.S. Frierson. 1908. Description of a Mexican Lampsilis. Nautilus 22(8):81-82.
Pilsbry, H.A., and S.N. Rhoads. 1896. Contributions to the zoology of Tennessee. No. 4, Mollusks. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 48(1896):487-506.
Pilsbry, H.A., and T.D.A. Cockerell. 1900. Records of Mollusca from New Mexico. Nautilus 14(8):85-86.
Pilsbry, H.A., and T.D.A. Cockerell. 1913. A new form of Oreohelix. Nautilus 26(12):144.
Pilsbry, H.A., and W.H. Rush. 1896. List, with notes of land and fresh water shells collected by Dr. Wm. H. Rush in Uruguay and Argentina. Nautilus 10(7):76-81.
Pilsbry, H.A., in H.E. Wenner. 1921. Some faunal remains from the Triassic of York County, Pennsylvania. Mollusks. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 73(1919):25-37 + 3 plates.
Pilsbry, H., and Y. Hirase. 1905. Catalogue of the land and fresh water molluscs of Taiwan (Formosa), with description of new species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 57(1905):720-752.