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Prisogaster niger 001.jpg
Top view of a shell of Prisogaster niger
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Turbinidae
Genus: Prisogaster
Mörch, 1850
Type species
Turbo niger W. Wood, 1828

Amyxa Troschel, 1852

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


"The very solid, imperforate shell has an ovate or subglobular shape. It is dark colored. The large aperture is oblique. The inner surface of the operculum is yellow, subconcave, with a submarginal, basal nucleus. Its outer surface is very convex." [2]

Radula: "The median tooth has a very wide body, and supporting wings. The cusp narrowly reflects along the whole upper margin of the tooth. The laterals show prominent cusps, their bases are denticulate. The inner marginals are not enlarged, but rather narrow, with long simple cusps. The outer marginals show long serrate cusps. In the denticulate cusps of the lateral teeth, and the narrow inner marginals this form approaches more closely than any other to Leptothyra. " [3]


Species within the genus Prisogaster include:


  • 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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