Austrobela, 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 : 983

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Type species: Austrobela rufa . OD, herein.

Etymology: The name is composed of auster, south, referring to its occurrence in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Greek βέλος, arrow, from the genus name Bela

Leach, 1847, indicating similarity to Gymnobela . The gender is feminine.


Shell ( Fig. 3F) fusiform. Protoconch ( Fig. 5E) multispiral, orange. Teleoconch whorls clearly shouldered, with subcylindrical lower portion. Scultpure of axial riblets below subsutural ramp; spiral sculpture of fine, sometimes flattened cords or shallow grooves; misrosculpture of growth lines. Aperture elongate, large, about half of shell length. Siphonal canal long, straight; columella straight. Sinus wide, L-shaped. Cephalic tentacles muscular, subcylindrical; eyes large. Rhynchodeal introvert thinwalled, densely folded. Venom apparatus extremely large, occupying majority of rhynchocoel. Radula ( Fig. 6D) of hypodermic teeth with two large, sharp distal barbs; lower portion of shaft somewhat inflated; base broad; ligament thick.