|Two shells of Halistylus columna|
|Cantharidus columna Dall, 1890
The small, polychromatic shell has a cylindrical shape. It is holostomatous, i.e. the aperture is rounded or entire, uninterrupted by the siphonal canal, notch, or by any other extension. The operculum is multispiral and coriaceous. There is no spiral sculpture. Such a cylindrical shape is rather uncommon in the family Trochidae. But the belonging of this genus to this family is certified by the shell structure, the pearly aperture and anatomical features.
This genus was previously considered a subgenus of the genus Cantharidus Montfort
Species within the genus Halistylus include:
- Halistylus columna (Dall, 1890)
- Halistylus genecoani McLean, 1984
- Halistylus pupoideus (Carpenter, 1864)
- Species brought into synonymy
- Halistylus circumstriatus Pilsbry, H.A., 1897: synonym of Halistylus columna (Dall, 1890)
- Halistylus pupoides: synonym of Halistylus pupoideus (Carpenter, 1864)
- Halistylus Dall, 1890. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 4 July 2011.
- Dall, W.H. (1890) Scientific results of explorations by the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross. No. VII – Preliminary report on the collection of Mollusca and Brachiopoda obtained in 1887–88. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 12, 219–362, pls. 5–14