Bursa rhodostoma

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Bursa rhodostoma
Bursa rhodostoma.jpg
Apertural view of Bursa rhodostoma (Sowerby, 1835)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Tonnoidea
Family: Bursidae
Genus: Bursa
Species: B. rhodostoma
Subspecies: Bursa rhodostoma thomae (d’Orbigny, 1847)
Binomial name
Bursa rhodostoma
(G. B. Sowerby II, 1835)
  • Bursa bergeri (Tapparone-Canefri, 1880)
  • Bursa thomae (d'Orbigny, 1842)
  • Bursa venustula (Reeve, 1844)
  • Ranella bergeri sensu Sowerby Tapparone-Canefri, 1881
  • Ranella paulucciana Tapparone-Canefri, 1876
  • Ranella rhodostoma G.B. Sowerby II, 1835 (basionym)
  • Ranella rhodostoma var. xantostoma Tapparone-Canefri, 1878
  • Ranella thomae d'Orbigny, 1842
  • Ranella venustula Reeve, 1844

Bursa rhodostoma, common name the wine-mouth frog shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Bursidae, the frog shells.[1]

Bursa rhodostoma thomae (d’Orbigny, 1847) is a recognized subspecies.[2][3]

Apertural view of Bursa rhodostoma thomae (d’Orbigny, 1847) with operculum.


This marine species has a wide distribution. It is found in European waters, in the Atlantic Ocean off the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Cape Verdes, in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Lesser Antilles, in the Red Sea, in the Indian Ocean off Aldabra, Chagos, and the Mascarene Basin.


The maximum recorded shell length of Bursa rhodostoma is 35 mm.[4]


Minimum recorded depth of Bursa rhodostoma is 0 m.[4] Maximum recorded depth is 250 m.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2011). Bursa rhodostoma (G.B. Sowerby II, 1835). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=216968 on 2011-12-23
  2. ^ Bursa rhodostoma thomae (d’Orbigny, 1847). WoRMS (2010). Bursa rhodostoma thomae (d’Orbigny, 1847). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=422767 on 7 October 2009.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. García. 2009. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579–699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.
  4. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

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