Taxon profile


Siratus Jousseaume, 1880

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Neogastropoda »  family Muricidae - Muricids »  subfamily Muricinae


The shell is small to large (35-250 mm) and fusiform. Its spire is moderately high and acute, consisting of one and one-half or two smooth nuclear whorls and six to nine globose, more or less shouldered postnuclear whorls. The suture is moderately to strongly impressed. The body whorl is moderately large and globose. The aperture is moderately large and ovate, with a shallow, moderately broad anal sulcus. The outer apertural lip is erect and marginally, finely to coarsely dentate; the interior of the lip is generally weakly lirate. The columellar lip is generally detached and weakly erect, with a few prominent elongate denticles posteriorly, these forming the parietal margin of the anal sulcus, and three or four weaker denticles anteriorly. The canal is moderately long to very long and strongly bent to the right. The body whorl bears three more or less spinose varices. The length of the medially open varical spines varies with the species. The varices also develop more or less broad, webbing-like extensions, these better developed in some species than in others.
Radwin, G.E. & D'Attilio, A., 1976. Murex Shells of the World. An Illustrated Guide to the Muricidae.

Interchangeable taxa

This genus seems to have evolved a considerable number of very closely related species. Their similarity has caused a great confusion in identification. Attempts to diminish the number of names have convinced us that these resemblances, especially in the Caribbean forms, are based on generic, rather than specific, characters. Caribbean forms of Stratus differ from those of Murex s.s. in their more globose whorls, notably bent siphonal canal, and varical webbing.
Radwin, G.E. & D'Attilio, A., 1976. Murex Shells of the World. An Illustrated Guide to the Muricidae.
Author: Jan Delsing

Included taxa

Number of records: 26

species Siratus aguayoi (Clench & Pérez Farfante, 1945)

Siratus aguayoi - 0000000001111

species Siratus alabaster (Reeve, 1845)

Siratus alabaster - 000000000111

species Siratus articulatus (Reeve, 1845)

Siratus articulatus - 0000000001 1

species Siratus beauii (Fischer & Bernardi, 1857)

Siratus beauii - 000000000111

species Siratus bessei (R. Houart, 2000)

Siratus bessei - 000000000111000

species Siratus cailleti (Petit de la Saussaye, 1856)

Siratus cailleti - 0000000001010

species Siratus carolynae (E.H. Vokes, 1990)

Siratus carolynae - 000000000111000

species Siratus ciboney (Clench & Pérez Farfante, 1945)

Siratus ciboney - 00000000010100

species Siratus coltrorum (Vokes, 1990)

Siratus coltrorum - 0000000001111

species Siratus consuela (A. H. Verrill, 1950)

Siratus consuela - 0000000001 11

species Siratus evelynae Houart, 2012
species Siratus formosus (G. B. Sowerby II, 1841)

Siratus formosus - 0000000001111

species Siratus guionnetti (Merle, Garrigues & Pointier, 2001)

Siratus guionnetti - 000000000011000

species Siratus gundlachi (Dunker, 1883)
species Siratus hennequini (R. Houart, 2000)

Siratus hennequini - 000000000111000

species Siratus lamyi Merle & Garrigues, 2008
species Siratus michelae Houart & Colomb, 2012
species Siratus motacilla (Gmelin, 1791)

Siratus motacilla - 0000000001 1

species Siratus perelegans (Vokes, 1965)

Siratus perelegans - 0000000001 1

species Siratus pliciferoides (Kuroda, 1942)

Siratus pliciferoides - 000000000111

species Siratus pointieri Merle & Garrigues, 2011
species Siratus senegalensis (Gmelin, 1791)

Siratus senegalensis - 0000000001 1

species Siratus springeri (Bullis, 1964)

Siratus springeri - 000000000111

species Siratus tenuivaricosus (Dautzenberg, 1927)

Siratus tenuivaricosus - 0000000001 1

species Siratus thompsoni (Bullis, 1964)

Siratus thompsoni - 0000000001 1

species Siratus vokesorum (Garcia, 1999)

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