Tritonium

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Tritonium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Cancellarioidea
Family: Cancellariidae
Genus: Tritonium
O.F. Muller, 1776

Tritonium is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Cancellariidae, the nutmeg snails.[1]

The genus name Tritonium has been given twice to species with a different type species :

  • Tritonium O.F. Müller, 1776 : type species Buccinum undatum Linnaeus, 1758 (given by Stewart in1926); this makes this name an objective synonym of Buccinum.
  • Tritonium Röding, 1798 : type species : Murex tritonis Linnaeus, 1758 (given by Cossman in 1903); this makes this name an objective synonym of Charonia Gistel, 1847.

Neither of these original names is valid. Confusion increased when during the 18th and 19th century, authors added species but didn't specify to which Tritonium they belonged. The authors of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) have arbitrarily attributed the species now placed in Buccinidae, Muricidae, and other neogastropod families, to Tritonium O.F. Müller, 1776. The species now placed in Ranellidae and Bursidae, have been attributed to Tritonium Röding, 1798.[1]

Species[edit]

Some of the species that used to be included within the genus Tritonium :

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tritonium O.F. MUller, 1776.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 12 May 2011.
  2. ^ Tritonium clathratus (Linnaeus, 1767).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 13 April 2010.
  3. ^ Tritonium submuricatum Schrenck, 1862.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 13 April 2010.

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