BIVALVE BORINGS OR BORING BIVALVES? A CURATORIAL CONUNDRUM FROM THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
The Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum recently subsumed the research collections of the University of Amsterdam, including the paleontological and lithological objects of de Buisonjé (1974, Natuurwetenschappelijke Studiekring voor Suriname en de Nederlandse Antillen, v. 78, 293 p.) from the ABC Islands. De Buisonjé gave casts of Pliocene bivalve borings from Curaçao (that is, trace fossils classified as Gastrochaenolites ispp.; three ichnospecies) the Linnean names of bivalves sensu stricto (five species), whether a mollusk was preserved in the boring or not. Nevertheless, sufficient mollusks are preserved to link producing organisms to their trace fossils. Many of these specimens also preserve molds of part of the bored substrates, colonial scleractinian corals. The principal research interest of these specimens is ichnologic, but adequate cross-referencing between all groups will enable them to be utilized in association with three systematic collections (trace fossils, mollusks and corals). We conclude that they should be included in the trace fossil collection, but analogous cases need to be judged on individual merit.