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Pomaulax japonicus.jpg
Shell of Pomaulax japonicus (Dunker, 1844), measuring 47.7 mm in height by 74.8 mm diameter, collected with tangle nets at 20 m depth off Pt. Daio, Shima-cho, in Japan.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Turbinidae
Genus: Pomaulax
Gray, 1850
Type species
Trochus japonicus (Dunker, 1845)

Pomaulax is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Turbinidae, the turban snails.[1]


The large, solid, imperforate shell has a conic shape. The periphery is carinated. The base of the shell is fkattened. The umbilical tract shows a strong curved rib. The ; operculum is obovate, narrower toward the proximal extremity. Its nucleus is terminal, its outside with four strong granulose ribs radiating from the nucleus. [2]


Species within the genus Pomaulax include:

Species brought into synonymy


  • Williams, S.T. (2007). Origins and diversification of Indo-West Pacific marine fauna: evolutionary history and biogeography of turban shells (Gastropoda, Turbinidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2007, 92, 573–592.
  • Alf A. & Kreipl K. (2011) The family Turbinidae. Subfamilies Turbininae Rafinesque, 1815 and Prisogasterinae Hickman & McLean, 1990. In: G.T. Poppe & K. Groh (eds), A Conchological Iconography. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. pp. 1–82, pls 104-245.

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