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Phasianotrochus bellulus 001.jpg
Dorsal view of a shell of Phasianotrochus bellulus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Trochidae
Genus: Phasianotrochus
Fischer, 1885 [1]
Type species
Cantharidus badius Wood, 1828

Elenchus H. and A. Adams not Elenchus (Humph.) Swainson

Phasianotrochus is a genus of sea snails. They are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Trochidae, the top snails.[2]


The elongated, ovate-pointed shell is thick, solid, polished. The ovate aperture is longer than broad. The columella is arcuate, bearing usually a tooth-like projection in the middle.[3]


These marine snails are endemic to Australia and can be found off the coast of New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.


Phasianotrochus bellulus, apertural view

According to the Indo-Pacific Molluscan Database, the following species with names in current use are included within the genus Phasianotrochus[4]


  1. ^ Fischer, 1885, Manuel de conchyliologie et de paléontologie conchyliologique, (9): 819
  2. ^ Bouchet, P. (2012). Phasianotrochus P. Fischer, 1885. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-12-01
  3. ^ Tryon (1889), Manual of Conchology XI, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia
  4. ^ OBIS : Phasianotrochus
  • Cotton, B.C., 1959. South Australian Mollusca. Archaeogastropoda (page 104), South Australian Government Printer, Adelaide.
  • Iredale, T. & McMichael, D.F., 1962, A reference list of the marine Mollusca of New South Wales. Mem. Aust. Mus., 11:0-0
  • Ludbrook, N.H., 1956, The molluscan fauna of the Pliocene strata underlying the Adelaide Plains. Part III � Scaphopoda, Polyplacophora, Gastropoda (Haliotidae to Tornidae), Trans. R. Soc. SA, 79:0-0

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