Darryl Potter

Darryl is presently the Collection Manager for both the Mollusc and Crustacean sections.

Darryl Potter

After completing studies in Applied Science, Biology at the Queensland University of Technology, Darryl was employed on a short-term research assistant grant in the Mollusc section at the Queensland Museum in 1981. Following this, he then worked as a research assistant in Microbiology at the University of Queensland. In 1982 he took up permanent employment at the museum in the mollusc and crustacean sections.
 
Over the next 20 years he participated in both terrestrial and marine field surveys throughout much of Queensland and New South Wales and islands of the Great Barrier Reef. These trips involved extensive collecting of land snails in rainforests and vine thickets, and crustacean and marine mollusc collecting while scuba diving on coral and rocky reefs. The identification, registration and databasing of these collected specimens over 30 years has helped Darryl to acquire an extensive knowledge particularly of land snails and marine gastropods.

In 2002, Darryl completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Science at Griffith University. Because of his interest in the conservation of biodiversity, he temporarily turned his attention away from molluscs to examine conservation efforts for native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. His thesis focussed on captive breeding programs in Australian zoos and reintroduction of threatened species to the wild. Throughout his career, Darryl has written many popular articles, contributed to scientific texts and field guides, and is co-author of ‘Shells of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef’.

He is also one of four authors for ‘Australian Land Snails, Vol. 1: a field guide to eastern Australian species’ - a publication released in late 2010. This monumental text has taken four years to compile and includes descriptions, colour images, distribution maps and ecological notes to almost 800 species ranging from north-eastern Qld to the NSW-VIC Border. Darryl has co-authored descriptions for 16 new species of Australian land snails. 

Selected publications (top ten) 

Books

Stanisic, J., Shea, M., Potter, D. and Griffiths, O. 2010. Australian Land Snails – Volume 1: A field guide to eastern Australian species. Bioculture Press, Mauritius, 591 pp.

Short, J. W. and Potter, D.G. 1987. Shells of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Robert Brown and Associates, Bathurst.

Papers, Articles

Healy, J.M. & Potter, D.G. 2010. A preliminary checklist of the marine bivalves (Mollusca: Bivalvia) of Moreton Bay, Queensland. In: Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. (eds) Proceedings of the 13th International Marine Biological Workshop. The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay, Queensland: Volume 3. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature, 54(3): 235-252.

Healy, J.M., Potter, D.G. & Carless, T. 2010. A preliminary checklist of the marine gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Moreton Bay, Queensland. In: Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. (eds) Proceedings of the 13th International Marine Biological Workshop. The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay, Queensland: Volume 3. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature, 54(3): 253-286.

Potter, D.G. 2000 Mimicry in nudibranchs and flatworms. Nudibranch News, 3(2):8- 10.

Book Chapters

Healy, J.M., Potter, D.G., Willan, R.C. & Norman, M. 2011 (in press). ‘Molluscs’ section in: Wild Guide to Moreton Bay, 2nd Edition. P.J.F. Davie (ed.), Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

Potter, D.G. and Stanisic, J. 2007 ‘Freshwater Snails and Mussels’ section in: Wildlife of Greater Brisbane: 2nd Edition, Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

Stanisic, J., and Potter, D.G. 2007 ‘Land Snails and Slugs’ section in: Wildlife of Greater Brisbane: 2nd Edition, Queensland Museum, Brisbane.
 
Stanisic, J. and Potter, D.G. 1993 Phylum Mollusca, Classes Gastropoda and Bivalvia. In: A Coral Reef Handbook. 3rd Edition. P. Mather, I. Bennett (eds), Australian Coral Reef Society.

Short, J. W. and Potter, D.G. 1987 The Blue-ringed Octopus. In: Toxic Plants and Animals: A Guide for Australia. J. Covacevich, P. Davie, J. Pearn (eds), Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

Section

Molluscs

Crustaceans

Position

Collection Manager, Molluscs & Crustaceans, Biodiversity Program

Qualifications

DipAppSc, MEnvSc

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