Lepsiella vinosa, copyright Catching the Eye.

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 RA75
    |–*L. scobina (Quoy & Gaimard 1833) [=Purpura scobina] RA75
    |    |–L. s. scobina P61
    |    |–L. s. albomarginata (Deshayes 1839) P61
    |    `–L. s. rutila F27
    |–L. botanica F27
    |–L. flindersi Adams & Angas 1863 WG71
    |–L. patens (H. & J. 1854) [=Trophon (Xanthochorus) patens] F27
    |–L. reticulata Blainville 1832 WG71
    `–L. vinosa Lamarck 1822 WG71
         |–L. v. vinosa WG71
         |–L. v. aurea F27
         `–L. v. propinqua Tenison Woods 1876 WG71

*Type species of generic name indicated


[F27] Finlay, H. J. 1927. A further commentary on New Zealand molluscan systematics. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 320–485.

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

[RA75] Radwin, G. E., & A. D’Attilio. 1975. A catalogue of muricacean generic taxa. Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 17 (20): 279–292.

[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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