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Vasum
Vasum

Vasum, common name the vase snails or vase shells, is a genus of mostly rather large predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks within the family Turbinellidae.[1]

Shell description


Shells of species in this genus are usually somewhat large, and are usually very thick and heavy. They are often vase-shaped, in the sense that the shell of most of the species is more or less widely conical. The shells have a thick periostracum, a low spires, and 2, 3 or 4 plaits on the columella.

Species


Species within the genus Vasum include:

  • Vasum armatum (Broderip, 1833)
  • Vasum caestus (Broderip, 1833)
  • Vasum capitellum (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Vasum cassiforme (Kiener, 1840)
  • Vasum ceramicum (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Vasum globulus (Lamarck, 1816)
  • Vasum lactisfloris Ferrario, 1983
  • Vasum latiriforme Rehder & Abbott, 1951
  • Vasum muricatum (Born, 1778)
  • Vasum rhinoceros (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Vasum stephanti Emerson & Sage, 1988
  • Vasum truncatum (Sowerby III, 1892)
  • Vasum tubiferum (Anton, 1838)
  • Vasum turbinellus (Linnaeus, 1758)

  • Vasum aldridgei Nowell-Usticke, 1969: synonym of Attiliosa aldridgei (Nowell-Usticke, 1969)
  • Vasum castaneum Röding, 1798: synonym of Thais (Thalessa) tuberosa (Röding, 1798)
  • Vasum flindersi Verco, 1914: synonym of Altivasum flindersi (Verco, 1914)
  • Vasum turbinellum [sic] accepted as Vasum turbinellus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Vasum urna Röding, 1798 accepted as Vasum muricatum (Born, 1778)
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