Thais (gastropod)

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Thais clavigera 20060825.jpg
A pair of Thais clavigera with many egg masses
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Rapaninae
Genus: Thais
Röding, 1798

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Thais, sometimes known by the common names dog winkles or rock shells, is a genus of medium to large predatory sea snails with an operculum, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Muricidae, the rock shells.[1]


Species within the genus Thais include:

Subgenus Thais (Mancinella) Link, 1807
Subgenus Thais (Neorapana) Cooke, 1918
Subgenus Thais (Thais) Röding, 1798
Subgenus Thais (Thaisella) Clench, 1947
Subgenus Thais (Thalessa) H. & A. Adams, 1853
Subgenus Thais (Vasula) Mörch, 1860

Species also mentioned in ITIS, the Indo-Pacific Molluscan Database (OBIS)[3] and in the Database of Western Atlantic Marine Mollusca (Malacolog)[4]

Species brought into synonymy 


  1. ^ Houart, R.; Gofas, S. (2010). Thais Röding, 1798. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-10
  2. ^ Tan K. S. & Sigurdsson J. B. (1990). "A new species of Thais (Gastropoda: Muricidae) from Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia". The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 38(2): 205-211. PDF.
  3. ^ OBIS : Thais; accessed : 10 January 2011
  4. ^ Malacolog : Thais; accessed : 10 January 2011]
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp
  • Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a Hedley bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180–213

Further reading[edit]

  • R. Tucker Abbott, Percy A. Morris, Roger Tory Peterson, (1995), A Field Guide to Shells of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, New York (Peterson Field Guide Series)
  • Macpherson, J.H. & Gabriel, C.J. (1962) Marine Molluscs of Victoria. Melbourne University Press & The National Museum of Victoria

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