Rapaninae

Rapaninae

Taxobox
name = Rapaninae



image_width = 240px
image_caption = "Rapana thomasiana"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Mollusca
classis = Gastropoda
subclassis = Orthogastropoda
superordo = Caenogastropoda
ordo = Sorbeoconcha
subordo = Hypsogastropoda
infraordo = Neogastropoda
superfamilia = Muricoidea
familia = Muricidae
subfamilia = "Rapaninae"
subdivision_ranks = Genera
subdivision = See text.

Rapaninae is a subfamily of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Muricidae.

This subfamily was known as Thaidinae until 1993.

hell description

The shells of species in this subfamily typically do not have a varix, but strong axial sculpture may be present.

Note on "Rapana thomasiana"

One of the species within the type genus of this family, "Rapana thomasiana", is included in Russia's Red Book as threatened with extinction.

The original known habitat for this species was the Far East, but in 1947 it was found in the Black Sea, and its shell became a popular souvenir traded in the Crimea.

Recently this species has been found as an exotic in the Chesapeake Bay, on the eastern coast of the USA.

Genera within the subfamily Rapaninae

* "Concholepas"
* "Cronia"
* "Cymia"
* "Dicathias"
* "Drupa"
* "Drupella"
* "Habromorula"
* "Mancinella"
* "Morula"
* "Nassa"
* "Phycothais"
* "Pinaxia"
* "Plicopurpura"
* "Purpura"
* "Rapana"
* "Stramonita"
* "Thais"
* "Vexilla"

ources and external links

* [http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~molluscs/murex28/subgenera/thaidinae.htm Rapaninae]
* [http://www.sevin.ru/redbook/content/21.html Russian Red Book - "Rapana thomasiana"]
* [http://www.springerlink.com/content/l83077t67w08250m/]


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