Fusobela, 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 : 979

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Type species: Fusobela parvioculata . OD, herein.

Etymology: The name is derived from the Latin fusus, a spindle, for its fusiform shell, and the Greek βέλος, arrow, from the genus name Bela Leach, 1847 ,

indicating similarity to Gymnobela . The gender is feminine.


Shell ( Fig. 3B) biconical-fusiform, reddish. Protoconch multispiral. Teleoconch of at least four narrow whorls. Suture moderately impressed. Subsutural ramp wide. Scultpure of irregular spiral cords on whorl periphery and collabral growth lines. Aperture elongate, about half of shell length. Siphonal canal short, not clearly demarcated from shell base. Anal sinus moderately wide, shallowly U-shaped. Rectal gland large, black. Cephalic tentacles closely set, conical; eyes small. Venom apparatus large. Radula ( Fig. 6F) of tightly rolled, slender, cylindrical hypodermic teeth with no distinct barbs or blades; base narrow, short. Ligament long, broad.