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genus

Dentalium Linnaeus, 1758

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Scaphopoda - tusk shells »  order Dentaliida »  family Dentaliidae

Temporal range:Devonian - recent

Description

Shell tubular, symmetrical, curved, open at each end, attenuated pos-teriorly; surface smooth or longitudinally striated; aperture circular, not constricted. The tooth-shells are animal-feeders, devouring foraminifera and minute bivalves; they are found in sand, or mud, in which they usually bury themselves.
TYPE. Dentalium elephantinum Linnaeus.
Described in Oldroyd, I.S.; The Marine Shells of the West Coast of North America. Volume II part 1

Distribution

West Indies, Norway, Britain, Mediterranean, India, east and west coast of America. Fossil : Devonian .... Europe, Chile, North America.
Oldroyd, I.S.; The Marine Shells of the West Coast of North America. Volume II part 1
Author: Jan Delsing

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Included taxa

Number of records: 78

species Dentalium adenense Ludbrook, 1954
species Dentalium agassizi H. A. Pilsbry & Sharp, 1897

Dentalium agassizi - 000000000111000

species Dentalium antiqum Goldfuss, 1841
species Dentalium aprinum Linnaeus, 1767 - Boar's Tusk

Dentalium aprinum - 000000000111

species Dentalium austini Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium bisexangulatum Hanley in Sowerby, 1860
species Dentalium buccinulum Gould, 1859
species Dentalium burtonae Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium caledonicum Scarabino, 1995
species Dentalium cheverti Pilsbry & Sharp, 1897

Dentalium cheverti - 000000000111000

species Dentalium collinsae Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium concretum Colman, 1958
species Dentalium congoensis Plate, 1908
species Dentalium cookei Sharp & Pilsbry, 1897
species Dentalium curtum G.B. Sowerby II, 1860
species Dentalium dalli H. A. Pilsbry & Sharp, 1897

Dentalium dalli - 000000000001000

species Dentalium debitusae Scarabino, 2008
species Dentalium decemcostatum Brazier, 1877
species Dentalium deforgesi Scarabino, 1995
species Dentalium duodecimcostatum Brazier, 1877
species Dentalium elephantinum Linnaeus, 1758 - Elephant Tusk

Dentalium elephantinum - 000000000111

species Dentalium exmouthensis Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium filosum Broderip & G.B. Sowerby I, 1830
species Dentalium flindersi Cotton & Ludbrook, 1938
species Dentalium francisense Verco, 1911
species Dentalium garrardi Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium goftoni Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium grahami Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium healyi Steiner & Kabat, 2004

Dentalium healyi - 000000000111000

species Dentalium hedleyi Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium hemileuron Verco, 1911
species Dentalium hexagonum Gould, 1859
species Dentalium hillae Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium hyperhemileuron Verco, 1911
species Dentalium intercalatum Gould, 1859
species Dentalium invalidum Emerson, 1954
species Dentalium javanum Sowerby, 1860

Dentalium javanum - 000000000111000

species Dentalium jeanae Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium jelli Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium katchekense Fischer-Piette & Nicklès, 1946
species Dentalium kathwayae Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium kessneri Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium laqueatum Verrill, 1885

Dentalium laqueatum - 000000000111000

species Dentalium lessoni Deshayes, 1825

Dentalium lessoni - 000000000101000

species Dentalium letsonae Sharp & Pilsbry, 1897

Dentalium letsonae - 000000000111000

species Dentalium leucoryx Boissevain, 1906
species Dentalium lochi Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium majorinum Mabille & Rochebrune, 1889
species Dentalium malekulaensis Scarabino, 2008
species Dentalium mannarense Winckworth, 1927
species Dentalium matara W.H. Dall, 1889
species Dentalium mediopacificensis Rehder & Ladd, 1973
species Dentalium michelotti Hörnes, 1856
species Dentalium mutabile Dautzenberg, 1891
species Dentalium neohexagonum H. A. Pilsbry & Sharp, 1897

Dentalium neohexagonum - 000000000001000

species Dentalium obscurum Dall, 1889
species Dentalium obtusum Qi & Ma, 1989
species Dentalium octangulatum Donovan, 1803 - Octagonal Tusk
species Dentalium octopleuron Verco, 1911
species Dentalium oerstedii O. A. L. Mörch, 1860

Dentalium oerstedii - 000000000001000

species Dentalium oryx Boissevain, 1906
species Dentalium peitaihoensis King & Ping, 1935
species Dentalium pluricostatum Boissevain, 1906
species Dentalium poindimiense Scarabino, 2008
species Dentalium potteri Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium pseudosexagonum Deshayes, 1825
species Dentalium robustum Brazier, 1877

Dentalium robustum - 000000000111000

species Dentalium rowei Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium salpinx Tomlin, 1931
species Dentalium scarabinoi Steiner & Kabat, 2004
species Dentalium strigatum Gould, 1859
species Dentalium stumkatae Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium thetidis Hedley, 1903

Dentalium thetidis - 000000000111000

species Dentalium tomlini Melvill, 1918
species Dentalium vallicolens Raymond, 1904

Dentalium vallicolens - 000000000101000

species Dentalium wellsi Lamprell & Healy, 1998
species Dentalium woolacottae (Colman, 1958)

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [8f023dad-608e-4469-ad80-bb809b3d5f40]

ABRS (2009-2019): Australian Faunal Directory [https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/home], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Dentalium Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 16 February 2015

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