Metula (gastropod)

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Temporal range: Paleocene - Recent
Buccinidae - Metula mitraeformis.JPG
Fossil shell of Metula mitraeformis from Pliocene of Italy
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda

Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Buccinidae
Genus: Metula
H. Adams & A. Adams, 1853
Type species
Metula metula Hinds, R.B., 1844

See text.

  • Acamptochetus Cossmann, 1901
  • Agassitula Olsson & Bayer, 1972
  • Antemetula Rehder, 1943
  • Antimitra Iredale, 1917
  • Colubrarina Kuroda & Habe in Kuroda, Habe & Oyama, 1971
  • Floritula Olsson & Bayer, 1972
  • Minitula Olsson & Bayer, 1972

Metula is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Buccinidae, the true whelks.[1]

Fossil records[edit]

This genus is known in the fossil records from the Paleocene to the Quaternary (age range: from 61.7 to 0.781 million years ago).[2]


Species in the genus Metula include:

Species brought into synonymy 


  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2010). Metula H. Adams & A. Adams, 1853. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 1 April 2011
  2. ^ Fossilworks
  • Beu A.G. & Maxwell P.A. (1987) A revision of the fossil and living gastropods related to Plesiotriton Fischer, 1884 (Family Cancellariidae, Subfamily Plesiotritoninae n. subfam.). With an appendix: Genera of Buccinidae Pisaniinae related to Colubraria Schumacher, 1817. New Zealand Geological Survey Paleontological Bulletin 54:1-140
  • H.; Marshall. B. (2009). All Mollusca except Opisthobranchia. In: Gordon, D. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity. Volume One: Kingdom Animalia. 584 pp
  • Kilburn R.N. (2004) The identities of Otitoma and Antimitra (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Conidae and Buccinidae). African Invertebrates 45: 263-270. NIZT 682

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