Pueridaphne, 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 : 987-988

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Type species: Pueridaphne cirrisulcata . OD, herein.

Etymology: The name is composed of the Latin noun, puer, a child, for the similarity of its teleoconch to that of the larval shell sculpture, and the Greek mythological naiad Δάφνη, who turned into a laurel tree, here chosen to indicate resemblance to some species of Daphnella Hinds, 1844 . The gender is feminine.


Shell ( Fig. 4B) fusiform, opaque. Protoconch ( Fig. 5D) multispiral, of 4.5 whorls of which first whorl exhibits punctate sculpture; subsequent whorls diagonally cancellate. Teleoconch of at least 4.5 uniformly white whorls. Suture impressed. Teleoconch whorls with wide subsutural ramp and well-defined shoulder in immature whorls, lower whorl portion and shell base with fine cancellate sculpture. Siphonal canal long, straight. Anal sinus wide, deeply U-shaped. Animal reddish brown. Cephalic tentacles (Supporting Information, Fig. S4A) long, cylindrical, exhibiting longitudinal groove throughout; eyes small. Venom apparatus (Supporting Information, Fig. S4B) large. Radula ( Fig. 6C) of straight, tightly rolled hypodermic teeth with sharp, long blade and long adapical opening. Base broad, with lateral process and extremely coarse external texture. Ligament broad.