Tectus architectonicus

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Tectus architectonicus
Tectus architectonicus 001.jpg
Drawing: an apertural view of a shell of Tectus architectonicus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Tegulidae
Genus: Tectus
Species: T. architectonicus
Binomial name
Tectus architectonicus
(A. Adams, 1853)
  • Pyramis architectonicus Adams, A. 1853
  • Tectus (Tectus) architectonicus (A. Adams, 1853)
  • Trochus architectonicus (A. Adams, 1853)

Tectus architectonicus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Tegulidae.[1]


The imperforate, whitish shell has a conical shape. The whorls are flat, subimbricating, and longitudinally costate. The ribs are thick, rounded and subnodose. The base of the shell is flat, and concentrically strongly lirate. The columella is short, tortuous, and truncate anteriorly. The margin of the lips is fimbriated.[2]


The species occurs off Indo-Malaysia, Oceania, and Western Australia.


  • Adams, A. 1853. Contributions towards a monograph of the Trochidae, a family of gastropodous Mollusca. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1851(19): 150-192
  • Adams, A. 1853. Descriptions of new species of Trochidae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 2 12: 142-148
  • Reeve, L.A. 1861. Conchologia iconica. London : L. Reeve & Co. Vol. 13
  • Pilsbry, H.A. 1889. Manual of Conchology. Philadelphia : Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia Vol. 11 519 pp., pls 1-67
  • Hedley, C. 1916. A preliminary index of the Mollusca of Western Australia. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Western Australia 1: 152-226
  • Odhner, N.H. 1917. Results of Dr E. Mjöbergs Swedish scientific expeditions to Australia. 1910-1913, pt XVII, Mollusca. Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps-Academiens Nya Handlingar, Stockholm 52(16): 1-115 pls 1-3
  • Hedley, C. 1918. Narrative of an expedition of exploration in North Western Australia by Herbert Basedow. Special Report. Mollusca. Transactions of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch 18: 263-283
  • Cernohorsky, W.O. 1978. Tropical Pacific marine shells. Sydney : Pacific Publications 352 pp., 68 pls

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