Cymatosyrinx

Belongs within: Drilliidae. Cymatosyrinx is a genus of moderate-sized conoids with a high-spired, glossy shell found in the American tropics (Powell 1966). Characters (from Powell 1966): Shell of moderate size, 10–45 mm, typically solid, with a tall spire and a truncated body-whorl, terminating in a short, twisted, very deeply notched anterior canal. Protoconch papillate of… Continue reading Cymatosyrinx

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Drilliidae

Belongs within: Conoidea.Contains: Tylotiella, Fenimorea, Austroclavus, Elaeocyma, Cymatosyrinx, Syntomodrillia, Fusiturricula, Iredalea, Clavus, Cerodrillia, Splendrillia (Splendrillia), Agladrillia, Clathrodrillia, Drillia (Drillia). The Drilliidae are a group of slender-shelled predatory gastropods, with a fossil record extending to the Upper Cretaceous (Powell 1966). Most retain a radula with well-developed lateral teeth (Bouchet et al. 2011), probably for active processing of… Continue reading Drilliidae

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Cerodrillia

Belongs within: Drilliidae. Cerodrillia is a genus of small conoids found in warmer, shallow waters on the eastern coast of North America (Powell 1966). Characters (from Powell 1966): Shell small, 11–13 mm, elongate-fusiform, with a tall spire of medially weakly angulated whorls, and an ovate body-whorl, slowly tapered to a very short, broadly channelled but… Continue reading Cerodrillia

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Syntomodrillia

Belongs within: Drilliidae. On Syntomodrillia Published 1 December 2015 Time, I think, for another visit to the often overlooked hotbed of gastropod diversity that is the ‘turrids’. These are the less differentiated members of the cone shell superfamily Conoidea, treated in the past as a single family Turridae but now classified into several different families.… Continue reading Syntomodrillia