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Benthofascis atractoides 001.jpg
Drawing of a shell of Benthofascis atractoides.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Family: Conorbidae
Genus: Benthofascis
Iredale, 1936[1]
Type species
Bathytoma biconica Hedley, 1903

Benthofascis is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Conorbidae.[2][3][4][5]

Like other species in the superfamily Conoidea these snails are predatory and venomous, able to inject neurotoxins into their prey with their radula.

This genus was previously included in the family Turridae (subfamily Conorbinae) [6] and later in the family Conidae.[7] In 2009 Tucker & Tenorio included it in the family Conorbidae.[8]


The known living species within the genus Benthofascis are:


  1. ^ Iredale T. (1936). "Australian molluscan notes. No. 2". Records of the Australian Museum 19(5): 267–340, plates 20–24. page 319.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2011). Benthofascis Iredale, 1936. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-03-21
  3. ^ Tucker J.K. & Tenorio M.J. (2009) Systematic classification of Recent and fossil conoidean gastropods. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. 296 pp., at pp. 134–135.)
  4. ^ Bouchet P., Kantor Yu.I., Sysoev A. & Puillandre N. (2011) A new operational classification of the Conoidea. Journal of Molluscan Studies 77: 273–308.
  5. ^ Tucker, J. K.; Tenorio, M. J.; Stahlschmidt, P. (2011), "The genus Benthofascis (Gastropoda: Conoidea): A revision with descriptions of new species", Zootaxa, 2796: 1, doi:10.11646/zootaxa.2796.1.1
  6. ^ Powell, A.W.B. (1966) The molluscan families Speightiidae and Turridae an evaluation of the valid taxa, both Recent and fossil, with lists of characteristic species. Bulletin of the Aukland Institute and Museum, 5, 1–184, 23 pls.
  7. ^ Taylor, J.D., Kantor, Yu.I. & Sysoev, A.V. (1993) Foregut anatomy, feeding mechanisms, relationships and classification of the Conoidea (= Toxoglossa) (Gastropoda). Bulletin of the Natural History Museum of London, Zoology, 59, 125–170
  8. ^ Tucker, J.K. & Tenorio, M.J. (2009) Systematic Classification of Recent and Fossil Conoidean Gastropods, with Keys to the Genera of Cone Shells. ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany, 295 pp

Further reading[edit]

  • Sysoev, A. & Bouchet, P. 2001. New and uncommon turriform gastropods (Gastropoda: Conoidea) from the South-West Pacific. Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris 185: 271–320

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