Murex

Belongs within: Muricidae. Murex is an Indo-Pacific genus of marine gastropods with shells bearing three spinose varices and a long siphonal canal. In most species there are numerous long spines on the siphonal canal though M. brevispina bears short spines on the basal half of the canal only (Wilson 1994). Characters (from Wilson 1994): Siphonal… Continue reading Murex

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Axymene

Belongs within: Muricidae. Axymene is a New Zealand genus of murexes bearing a shell with strong coarse axial ribs and rather irregular spirals, and a pronounced canal (Finlay 1927). <==Axymene Finlay 1927RA75 | i. s.: A. robustus (Finlay 1924)P61 | A. teres Finlay 1930P61 |–A. (Axymene)F27 | |–*A. (A.) turbator Finlay 1927 [=Trophon (*A.) turbator]RA75… Continue reading Axymene

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Terefundus

Belongs within: Muricidae. Terefundus is a New Zealand genus of very small trophon-like snails characterised by a totally smooth base on the shell and a more or less distinct ornament of spiral cords (Finlay 1927). <==Terefundus Finlay 1927P61 |–T. (Terefundus)P61 | |–*T. (T.) crispulatus (Suter 1908)P61 [=Trophon (Trophonopsis) crispulatusF27] | |–T. (T.) anomalus Dell 1956P61… Continue reading Terefundus

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Lepsiella

Belongs within: Rapaninae. Lepsiella is a genus of oyster drills with an elongately biconic shell with a smooth columella and lirate aperture, the lirae becoming a series of denticles on the inner margin of the outer lip (Wilson & Gillett 1971). <==Lepsiella Iredale 1912 [incl. Lepsithais Finlay 1928]W94 |–*L. scobina (Quoy & Gaimard 1833) [=Purpura… Continue reading Lepsiella

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Rapaninae

Belongs within: Muricidae.Contains: Lepsiella, Nassa, Purpura, Acanthina, Morula, Drupa, Thais. The Rapaninae, including purples and drupes, are a group of muricid gastropods with thick and solid, often strongly sculptured shells that lack true varices, and a horny operculum with a lateral nucleus. Most species feed on barnacles, bivalves and other molluscs, often by boring a hole… Continue reading Rapaninae

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Thais

Belongs within: Rapaninae. Thais, dog winkles, is a genus of predatory gastropods found on rocky shores and mangroves. Members of the genus have a very low-spired, basally unconstricted shell with a very broad aperture and an outer lip extended to form a curving channel at the adapical end of the aperture. <==Thais Röding 1798BR05 |–T.… Continue reading Thais

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Acanthina

Belongs within: Rapaninae. Acanthina, unicorn snails, is a genus of predatory gastropods found along the western coast of the Americas (Oldroyd 1927). Characters (from Oldroyd 1927): Shell ovate, last whorl large; spire rather elevated; aperture semilunar; inner lip wide and flattened, crenulated, with a prominent tooth at the fore part. <==Acanthina Fischer de Waldheim 1807… Continue reading Acanthina

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Chicoreus

Belongs within: Muricidae. Chicoreus is a genus of muricid gastropods with shells bearing three frondose varices and a long, dorsally deflected siphon. <==Chicoreus Montfort 1810BR05 (see below for synonymy) |–C. (Chicoreus)BC01 | |–*C. (C.) ramosus (Linnaeus 1758) [=Murex ramosus; incl. *Frondosaria inflata (Lamarck 1822)]RA75 | |–C. (C.) anguliferus [=Murex (C.) anguliferus]P71 | `–C. (C.) brevifrons… Continue reading Chicoreus

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Coralliophilinae

Belongs within: Muricidae. The Coralliophilinae, coral shells, are a group of gastropods that live in close association with cnidarians such as corals, attached to the surface or embedded within the coral skeleton. Members of this family lack a radula (Wilson & Gillett 1971) and have a protoconch with an ornament of hemispherical tubercles overlain and… Continue reading Coralliophilinae

Siratus

Belongs within: Muricidae. Siratus is a genus of muricid gastropods found in the western Atlantic, characterised by shells with three spinose varices, a long, dorsally deflected siphonal canal, no labral tooth, and usually a pattern of brown and white spiral bands (Vokes 1990). <==Siratus Jousseaume 1880V90 |–S. senegalensis (Gmelin 1791)S11 (see below for synonymy) |–S.… Continue reading Siratus

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