Taxon profile


Anticomitas Powell, 1942

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Caenogastropoda »  family Pseudomelatomidae

Shell small, 9.5 mm., robust, fusiform with a turreted spire and a relatively short straight unnotched anterior canal. Protoconch smooth of 2 1/2 whorls, first whorl low and rounded, with a slight angulation just above the suture; this develops into a sharp carina at the lower fourth of the remaining 1 1/2 whorls, and then curves upward to a central position over a short brephic stage. Sinus broad and shallow, occupying most of the shoulder slope. Adult sculpture of strong erect axials stopped at the shoulder, crossed by equally strong spiral cords, which override the axials, forming laterally elongated nodes. Colour uniformly buff. The genus differs from Comitas in the more depressed and very strongly carinate protoconch. Range; known only by the type specimen which is from 140 fathoms off the Three Kings Islands, New Zealand.


Powell, A.W.B. : The Molluscan Families Speightiidae and Turridae. 1966.
Author: Jan Delsing

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Number of records: 1

species Anticomitas vivens A. W. B. Powell, 1942

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