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 [incl. Lepsithais Finlay 1928]W94
|--*L. scobina (Quoy & Gaimard 1833) [=Purpura scobina]RA75
| |--L. s. scobinaP61
| |--L. s. albomarginata (Deshayes 1839)P61
| `--L. s. rutilaF27
|--L. botanicaF27
|--L. flindersi (Adams & Angas 1863)WG71
|--L. intermedia Powell & Bartrum 1929PB29
|--‘Lepsithais’ lacunosus (Bruguière 1789)P61 (see below for synonymy)
|--L. maxima Powell & Bartrum 1929PB29
|--L. patens (H. & J. 1854) [=Trophon (Xanthochorus) patens]F27
|--L. reticulata (Blainville 1832)WG71
`--L. vinosa (Lamarck 1822)WG71
|--L. v. vinosaWG71
|--L. v. aureaF27
`--L. v. propinqua Tenison Woods 1876WG71

Lepsithais’ lacunosus (Bruguière 1789)P61 [incl. Polytropa squamata Hutton 1878RA75, Lepsiella squamataF27, *Lepsithais squamataW94, Trophon (Xanthochorus) squamatusF27; incl. Lepsithais youngiP61]

*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.

[PB29] Powell, A. W. B., & J. A. Bartrum. 1929. The Tertiary (Waitematan) molluscan fauna of Oneroa, Waiheke Island. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 60: 395–447.

[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.

[W94] Wilson, B. 1994. Australian Marine Shells vol. 2. Prosobranch Gastropods. Part Two (Neogastropods). Odyssey Publishing: Kallaroo (Western Australia).

[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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