Pagodibela, Criscione & Hallan & Puillandre & Fedosov, 2021

Criscione, Francesco, Hallan, Anders, Puillandre, Nicolas & Fedosov, Alexander, 2021, Where the snails have no name: a molecular phylogeny of Raphitomidae (Neogastropoda: Conoidea) uncovers vast unexplored diversity in the deep seas of temperate southern and eastern Australia, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 191, pp. 961-1000 : 982

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Type species: Pagodibela maia . OD, herein.

Etymology: The name is composed of the Portuguese pagoda (orginally from Tamil pagavadi, house of a deity), referring to its pagoda-like shell, and the Greek βέλος, arrow, from the genus name Bela Leach, 1847 , indicating similarity to Gymnobela . The gender is feminine.


Shell ( Fig. 3E) fusiform-biconical, semitranslucent, with high spire. Protoconch ( Fig. 5C) multispiral, cyrthoconoid, with diagonally cancellate sculpture. Teleoconch with at least six strongly angulated whorls; suture deep. Whorl profile pagodiform, with wide subsutural ramp terminating in prominent carina, below subsutural ramp with raised arcuate riblets and rounded spiral cords. Siphonal canal straight, tapering. Aperture elongate, almost half of shell length. Anal sinus narrow. Cephalic centacles cylindrical; eyes small. Radula ( Fig. 6E) of tightly rolled hypodermic teeth with long dorsal blade and long, narrow adapical opening. Base broad, with coarse external texture. Ligament small, short.