Nuculana commutata, copyright National Museum Wales.

Belongs within: Nuculanoidea.

Nuculana is a cosmopolitan genus of infaunal bivalves known from the Triassic to the present day. Members of the genus have a produced posterior end, concentric sculpture, and a narrow, oblique ligament pit.

|--N. (*Adrana) elongata (Sowerby 1832) [=Nucula elongata]F27b
|--N. (Ezonuculana) mactraeformis Nagao 1932AJH07
|--N. (Pseudoportlandia Woodring 1925)F27a
| |--N. (*P.) clara [=Leda clara]F27a
| `--N. (P.) solenelloides (Marshall 1919) [=Sarepta solenelloides]F27a
`--N. (Saccella Woodring 1925)P61
|--N. (*S.) commutataP61 (see below for synonymy)
|--N. (S.) bellula (Adams 1856)P61
|--N. (S.) fastidiosaF27a
|--‘Saccella’ gordonis (Yokoyama 1920)XZ10
|--N. (S.) hedleyi Fleming 1951P61
| |--N. h. hedleyiP61
| `--N. h. morioria Dell 1956P61
`--N. (S.) semiteres (Hutton 1877) [=Leda semiteres; incl. N. belluloides Marshall 1919]F27a

Nuculana incertae sedis:
N. abrupta (Dana 1849) [=Nucula abrupta]F71
N. acuta (Conrad 1832) [=Nucula acuta]F27b
N. ‘acuta’ (Sowerby 1840) [=Nucula acuta non Conrad 1832]F27b
N. acuticauda [=Leda acuticauda]F27b
N. alata Muller 1859F27b
N. apiculata (Reuss 1844) [=Nucula apiculata]F27b
N. bellistriata [incl. N. bellistriata var. attenuata]G31
N. chapmani Finlay 1924 [=Leda apiculata Tate 1886 non Nucula apiculata Reuss 1844]F27b
N. concinna (Dana 1849)F71
N. dohrniBRW98
N. electilis (Hedley 1915)WBS-S15
N. ellisi Marwick 1926F27a
N. etheridgeiF71
N. fossaGW02
N. hamataB56
N. hoelscheriBRW98
N. martini Finlay 1927 [=Crassatella alata Martin 1887, N. alata non Muller 1859]F27b
N. minutaGW02
N. ovum [incl. N. complanata]H00
N. pellaGW02
N. pernulaGW02
N. ramsayiBRW98
N. striata Sherrard 1959F71
N. taphriaB56
N. verconis (Tate 1891)MG-H11
N. waterhousei Etheridge 1888F71

Nuculana (*Saccella) commutataP61 [=Leda commutataP61; incl. Lembulus deltoideusD56, Arca fragilisD56, Nuculana (Saccella) fragilisF27a]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[D56] Dell, R. K. 1956. The archibenthal Mollusca of New Zealand. Dominion Museum Bulletin 18: 1–235.

[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.

[F71] Fletcher, H. O. 1971. Catalogue of type specimens of fossils in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Australian Museum Memoir 13: 1–167.

[GW02] Giribet, G., & W. Wheeler. 2002. On bivalve phylogeny: a high-level analysis of the Bivalvia (Mollusca) based on combined morphology and DNA sequence data. Invertebrate Biology 121 (4): 271–324.

[G31] Grabau, A. W. 1931. The Permian of Mongolia: A report on the Permian fauna of the Jisu Honguer limestone of Mongolia and its relations to the Permian of other parts of the world. American Museum of Natural History: New York.

[H00] Hodges, P. 2000. The Early Jurassic Bivalvia from the Hettangian and Lower Sinemurian of south-west Britain. Part 1. Monograph of the Paleontographical Society 614: 1–64.

[MG-H11] McEnnulty, F. R., K. L. Gowlett-Holmes, A. Williams, F. Althaus, J. Fromont, G. C. B. Poore, T. D. O’Hara, L. Marsh, P. Kott, S. Slack-Smith, P. Alderslade & M. V. Kitahara. 2011. The deepwater megabenthic invertebrates on the western continental margin of Australia (100–1100 m depths): composition, distribution and novelty. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 80: 1–191.

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

[WBS-S15] Willan, R. C., C. Bryce & S. M. Slack-Smith. 2015. Kimberley marine biota. Historical data: molluscs. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 84: 287–343.

[XZ10] Xu, F., & J. Zhang. 2010. Study on the bivalve faunal composition of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. In: China-Russia Bilateral Symposium: Proceedings of the China-Russia Bilateral Symposium of “Comparison on Marine Biodiversity in the Northwest Pacific Ocean”, 10–11 October 2010, Qingdao (China) pp. 7–12. Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; A. V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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