Belongs within: Buccinoidea. Neptunea is a genus of large whelks with a high spire and short to medium-long siphonal canal found in northern temperate and Arctic regions. Shells have a prominent spiral sculpture but weak or no axial sculpture (Kantor et al. 2022). <==Neptunea Röding 1798 [incl. Chrysodomus Swainson 1840]KF22 |–+–*N. antiqua (Linnaeus 1758)BR17, KF22,… Continue reading Neptunea


Belongs within: Buccininae. Buccinum is a genus of whelks found in colder waters of both hemispheres. The type species is the common whelk B. undatum of the northern Atlantic which is widely harvested for food. The shell of B. undatum is sculpted with thick, waved folds crossed by prominently incised spiral lines. Characters (from Oldroyd… Continue reading Buccinum


Belongs within: Columbellidae. Amphissa is a genus of dove shells found in the North Atlantic and East Pacific. Species have a buccinoid shell with strongly impressed sutures (Radwin 1978). Characters (from Radwin 1978): Shell moderate to large (10–25 mm), and buccinoid; spire high and acute, whorls strongly convex, suture impressed; body whorl half shell length,… Continue reading Amphissa


Belongs within: Buccinoidea.Contains: Fasciolariinae, Fusinus. The Fasciolariidae, band shells and spindle shells, are a group of carnivorous gastropods found in both tropical and temperate seas. They have a long anterior canal (sometimes extraordinarily so), and a large horny operculum that fills the aperture when retracted (Wilson & Gillett 1971). Members of the subfamilies Fasciolariinae and… Continue reading Fasciolariidae


Belongs within: Neogastropoda.Contains: Dolicholatiridae, Prosiphonidae, Colubrariidae, Colidae, Eosiphonidae, Melongena, Prodotiidae, Chauvetiidae, Pisaniidae, Nassariidae, Fasciolariidae, Echinofulguridae, Cominella, Retimohniidae, Austrosiphonidae, Tudiclidae, Siphonaliinae, Buccininae, Plicifusus, Neptunea, Aulacofusus, Beringius, Parancistrolepidinae, Volutopsiinae. The Buccinoidea are a diverse clade of neogastropods characterised by the absence of accessory salivary glands. Members are ecologically diverse; the majority are scavengers or predators but some are parasites or herbivores.… Continue reading Buccinoidea

Categorised as Buccinoidea


Belongs within: Pisaniidae. Cantharus is a genus of whelks with impressed sutures and angular whorls. The type species is the Tranquebar goblet C. tranquebaricus, native to the Indian Ocean and now established in the Mediterranea Sea. Cantharus Röding 1798BR05 [incl. Anna Risso 1826W94, Muricantharus Olsson & Strong 1971W94] |–*C. tranquebaricus (Gmelin 1791) [=Buccinum tranquebaricum; incl.… Continue reading Cantharus


Belongs within: Buccinoidea. The subgenus Aulacofusus of the genus Colus is a group of whelks found in cold waters of the Northern Hemisphere. Characters (from Kosyan & Kantor 2013): Shell elongated-fusiform, medium-sized, sculptured by wide spiral cords (from 6 to 16 on the penultimate whorl); axial sculpture represented only by incremental growth lines. Last whorl… Continue reading Aulacofusus


Belongs within: Buccinoidea. The Colini are a group of whelks including species bearing a leaf-shaped operculum with a terminal or subspiral nucleus. Members include the boreal genus Neptunea, characterised by a large, fusiform shell with strongly convex whorls and a rather short, slightly twisted siphonal canal. Colus and Co. Published 9 February 2022 The neogastropods… Continue reading Colidae


Belongs within: Pisaniidae. Engina is a genus of tropical marine gastropods with a sharp-spired, ovate shell bearing prominent nodulous ribs. Characters (from Oldroyd 1927): Shell ovate-conic; spire shapr, with longitudinal nodulous ribs, decussated by revolving lines; aperture narrow, with several oblique plications in front; outer lip rather thick, inflected or callous in middle, crenulated within.… Continue reading Engina


Belongs within: Volutopsiinae. Volutopsius is a genus of whelks found in boreal and Arctic oceans (Oldroyd 1927). Characters (from Oldroyd 1927): Shell large, frequently rude or irregular, with last whorl largest, covered by thin, inconspicuous, more or less dehiscent periostracum; spire short, blunt, beginning with relatively large, smooth, bulbous nucleus; sculpture variable, smooth, spirally striate… Continue reading Volutopsius