Smooth pink snail
Margarella violacea, copyright Gonzalo Bravo.

Belongs within: Vetigastropoda.

Margarella is a genus of small marine gastropods with a thin, globose, nearly smooth shell found around New Zealand and Antarctica (Knight et al. 1960).

<==Margarella Thiele 1893 P61 [=Margaritella Thiele in Troschel 1891 non Meek & Hayden 1860 KC60; Margarellinae]
|  i. s.: M. antipoda (Hombron & Jaquinot 1854) P61 [incl. Chrysostoma rosea F27]
|         M. fulminata (Hutton 1873) P61 [=Chrysostoma fulminata F27, Gibbula fulminata F27]
|         M. hinemoa Powell 1955 P61
|         M. macquariensis Hedley 1916 P61
|         M. puysegurensis Powell 1939 P61
|         M. rosea (Hutton 1873) [incl. M. decepta Iredale 1908] P61
|         M. turneri Powell 1939 P61
|–M. (Margarella) KC60
|    |–*M. (M.) expansa (Sowerby 1838) BR17 (see below for synonymy)
|    `–M. (M.) violacea P61 [=Margarita violacea F27]
|–M. (Promargarita Strebel 1908) KC60
|    `–M. (*P.) tropidophoroides (Strebel 1908) [=Margarites tropidophoroides] KC60
`–M. (Submargarita Strebel 1908) KC60
`–M. (*S.) impervia (Strebel 1908) [=Margarites impervia] KC60

*Margarella (Margarella) expansa (Sowerby 1838) BR17 [=Margarita expansa BR17, *Margaritella expansa KC60, Trochus expansus KC60]

*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.

[KC60] Knight, J. B., L. R. Cox, A. M. Keen, R. L. Batten, E. L. Yochelson & R. Robertson. 1960. Gastropoda: systematic descriptions. In: Moore, R. C. (ed.) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt I. Mollusca 1: Mollusca—General Features, Scaphopoda, Amphineura, Monoplacophora, Gastropoda—General Features, Archaeogastropoda and some (mainly Paleozoic) Caenogastropoda and Opisthobranchia pp. I169–I331. Geological Society of America, and University of Kansas Press.

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

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