Quoy’s whelk Cominella quoyana, copyright Icolmer.

Belongs within: Buccinoidea.

Cominella is an Australasian genus of whelks whose shell has a high and acuminate spire, a broad notch for the anterior canal, spiral ribs or lirae on the aperture, and a smooth columella (Wilson & Gillett 1971).

<==Cominella Gray 1850 [Cominellini] WG71
|–C. (Cominella) P61
|    |–*C. (C.) testudinea (Bruguière 1789) [=Buccinum testudineum] BR17
|    |–C. (C.) maculosa (Martyn 1784) P61 [=Buccinum maculosum F27a]
|    `–C. (C.) virgata Adams & Adams 1853 P61
|         |–C. v. virgata P61
|         `–C. v. brookesi Powell 1952 P61
|–C. (Acominia Finlay 1927) P61
|    |–C. (*A.) adspersa (Bruguière 1789) [=Buccinum adspersum] P61
|    |    |–C. a. adspersa [incl. C. nimia] P61
|    |    `–C. a. melo (Lesson 1840) P61
|    `–C. (A.) hendersoni Marwick 1926 F27a
|–C. (Cominista Finlay 1927) P61
|    `–C. (*C.) glandiformis (Reeve 1847) P61 [=Buccinum glandiforme P61; incl. B. luridum F27a]
|–C. (Cominula Finlay 1927 P61
|    |–C. (*C.) quoyana Adams 1854 P61
|    |–C. (C.) euthriaformis Powell 1929 P61
|    |–C. (C.) exsculpta [=Procominula exsculpta] A27
|    `–C. (C.) youngi Powell 1940 P61
`–C. (Eucominia Finlay 1927) P61
|–C. (*E.) nassoides (Reeve 1846) [=Buccinum nassoides] P61
|    |–C. n. nassoides P61
|    `–C. n. fouveauxana Powell 1946 P61
|–C. (E.) elegantula Finlay 1926 P61
|–C. (E.) ellisoni P61
|    |–C. e. ellisoni P61
|    `–C. e. consobrina Powell 1933 P61
|–C. (E.) haroldi Powell 1946 P61
|–C. (E.) iredalei Finlay 1928 P61
|–C. (E.) marlboroughensis Powell 1946 P61
|–C. (E.) mirabilis PG98
|    |–C. m. mirabilis PG98
|    `–C. m. powelli PG98
|–C. (E.) nodicincta (von Martens 1878) P61
|–C. (E.) olsoni Dell 1956 P61
`–C. (E.) otakauica Powell 1946 P61

Cominella incertae sedis:
C. carinata H86
C. compacta Marwick 1926 F27a
C. costata F27a
C. eburnea Reeve 1846 WG71
C. errata Finlay 1924 [=Buccinum carinatum Hutton 1873 (preoc.)] F27b
C. inflata H86
C. lineolata Lamarck 1809 WG71 [incl. C. maura Adams 1855 H08]
C. maculata H86
C. papyracea C79
C. robinsoni H86
C. subnodosa H79
C. zealandica (Reeve 1846) F27a

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A27] Allan, R. S. 1927. The geology and palaeontology of the Lower Waihao Basin, south Canterbury, New Zealand. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 265–309.

[BR17] Bouchet, P., J.-P. Rocroi, B. Hausdorf, A. Kaim, Y. Kano, A. Nützel, P. Parkhaev, M. Schrödl & E. E. Strong. 2017. Revised classification, nomenclator and typification of gastropod and monoplacophoran families. Malacologia 61 (1–2): 1–526.

[C79] Cook, P. L. 1979. Some problems in interpretation of heteromorphy and colony integration in Bryozoa. In: Larwood, G., & B. R. Rosen (eds) Biology and Systematics of Colonial Organisms pp. 193–210. Academic Press: London.

[F27a] Finlay, H. J. 1927a. A further commentary on New Zealand molluscan systematics. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 320–485.

[F27b] Finlay, H. J. 1927b. New specific names for austral Mollusca. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 488–533.

[H79] Haast, J. von. 1879. Geology of the Provinces of Canterbury and Westland, New Zealand. A report comprising the results of official explorations. “Times” Office: Christchurch.

[H08] Hedley, C. 1908. Studies on Australian Mollusca. Part X. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33: 456–489, pls 7–10.

[H86] Hutton, F. W. 1886. The Mollusca of the Pareora and Oamaru systems of New Zealand. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (1): 205–237.

[P61] Powell, A. W. B. 1961. Shells of New Zealand: An illustrated handbook 4th ed. Whitcombe and Tombs Limited: Christchurch.

[PG98] Probert, P. K., & S. L. Grove. 1998. Macrobenthic assemblages of the continental shelf and upper slope off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 28: 259–280.

[WG71] Wilson, B. R., & K. Gillett. 1971. Australian Shells: illustrating and describing 600 species of marine gastropods found in Australian waters. A. H. & A. W. Reed: Sydney.

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