Aeneator (gastropod)

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Temporal range: Late Miocene to Recent, 11.04–0.0 Ma
Aeneator marshalli separabilis (underside).JPG
An apertural view of a shell of Aeneator marshalli separabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Buccinidae
Genus: Aeneator
Finlay, 1927[1]
Type species
Verconella marshalli Murdoch, 1924

See text.

  • Aenator [sic] (misspelling)
  • Aeneator (Aeneator) Finlay, 1926 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Aeneator (Ellicea) Finlay, 1928 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Ellicea Finlay, 1928

Aeneator is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Buccinidae, the true whelks.


Aeneator is a genus of small to medium sized marine snails.[2][3] Large shells and fossils of Aeneator can sometimes be confused with those of Penion.[3]


Most extant species of Aeneator are found around New Zealand,[2] Chile,[4] and Antarctica.[5] Numerous fossil species are also described from New Zealand.[3]


Aeneator is closely related to the genus Buccinulum.[6]


Species in the genus Aeneator include:

Species brought into synonymy


  1. ^ Finlay H. J. (1927). "A Further Commentary on New Zealand Molluscan Systematics". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 57: 320-485. page 414.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Beu, A.G. and Maxwell, P.A. 1990. Cenozoic Mollusca of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin, 58.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Juan Francisco Araya, A new species of Aeneator Finlay, 1926 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Buccinidae) from northern Chile, with comments on the genus and a key to the Chilean species; ZooKeys 257: 89–101, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.257.4446
  5. ^ Stilwell, J.D., Zinsmeister, W.J. 1992. Molluscan systematics and biostratigraphy, lower Tertiary La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. American Geophysical Union Antarctica Research Series 55: 126-128. DOI: 10.1029/AR055 ISBN 9781118667705
  6. ^ Vaux, Felix; Hills, Simon F.K.; Marshall, Bruce A.; Trewick, Steven A.; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2017). "A phylogeny of Southern Hemisphere whelks (Gastropoda: Buccinulidae) and concordance with the fossil record". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 114 (2017): 367–381. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.06.018.

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