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Bouchetispira vitrea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Bouchetispiridae
Kantor, Strong & Puillandre, 2012[1]
Genus: Bouchetispira
Kantor, Strong & Puillandre, 2012[1]
Species: B. vitrea
Binomial name
Bouchetispira vitrea
Kantor, Strong & Puillandre, 2012[1]

Bouchetispira vitrea is a species of sea snail.[2] It is the only member of the genus Bouchetispira (the genus is thus monotypic), and the genus Bouchetispira is in turn the only genus in the family Bouchetispiridae (a monotypic family).[1] The scientific name of the family and the generic name is in honour of Philippe Bouchet, the French taxonomist and malacologist.[1]


Bouchetispira vitrea has a thin, translucent shell up to 30 millimetres (1.2 in) long, with orthocline ribs.[1] The specific name vitrea is from the Latin word vitrum, which means "glass", referring to the translucent appearance of the shell.[1]


The species was found on an isolated seamount off New Caledonia, and is probably the sole survivor of a larger clade.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Yuri I. Kantor; Ellen E. Strong & Nicolas Puillandre (2012). "A new lineage of Conoidea (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda) revealed by morphological and molecular data". Journal of Molluscan Studies. 78 (3): 246–255. doi:10.1093/mollus/eys007. 
  2. ^ P. Bouchet (2015). "Bouchetispira vitrea Kantor, Strong & Puillandre, 2012". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 11 April 2016.