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Tectonatica is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Naticidae, the moon snails. [3]

Contents 1 Fossil record 2 Distribution 3 Species 4 References 5 External links

Fossil record[]

Fossils of Tectonatica are found in marine strata from the Eocene until the Quaternary (age range: from 61.7 to 0.0 million years ago.). Fossils are known from various localities in Europe, North America, South America and Japan.[1]


This mùarine genus occurs in the Indo-West Pacific and off Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia).

Fossils of Tectonatica astensis from Pliocene of Italy


Species within the genus Tectonatica include: Tectonatica impervia (Philippi, 1845) Tectonatica micra (Haas, 1953) Tectonatica pusilla (Say, 1822) Tectonatica rizzae (Philippi, 1844) Tectonatica robillardi (Sowerby, 1894) Tectonatica sagraiana (d'Orbigny, 1842) Tectonatica shorehami (Pritchard & Gatliff, 1900) Tectonatica suffusa (Reeve, 1855) Tectonatica tecta (Anton, 1838) Tectonatica unicolor (Ma & Zhang, 1993) Tectonatica venustula (Philippi, 1851) Tectonatica violacea (G. B. Sowerby I, 1825) Tectonatica zonulata (Thiele, 1930) Species brought into synonymy Tectonatica bougei (Sowerby, 1908): synonym of Tectonatica venustula (Philippi, 1851) Tectonatica clausiformis Oyama, 1969: synonym of Cryptonatica affinis (Gmelin, 1791) Tectonatica filosa (Philippi, 1845) : synonym of Tectonatica sagraiana (d'Orbigny, 1842) Tectonatica flammulata (Requien, 1848): synonym of Tectonatica sagraiana (d'Orbigny, 1842) Tectonatica janthostomoides Kuroda & Habe, 1949: synonym of Cryptonatica janthostomoides (Kuroda & Habe, 1949) Tectonatica operculata (Jeffreys, 1885): synonym of Cryptonatica operculata (Jeffreys, 1885) Tectonatica pavimentum (Recluz, 1844): synonym of Tanea pavimentum (Recluz, 1844)


1.^ Jump up to: a b Paleobiology Database 2.Jump up ^ Sacco, F, 1890. Catalogo Paleontologico del Bacino Terziario del Peimonte Bollettino della Società Geologico Italiana 9: 185-330 [312] 3.Jump up ^ WoRMS (2011). Tectonatica Sacco, 1890. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-03-18 Powell A. W. B. (1979), New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand ISBN 0-00-216906-1 Kabat, A.R. (1991) The classification of the Naticidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda): Review and analysis of the supraspecific taxa. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 152, 417-449. Wilson, B. 1993. Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranch Gastropods. Kallaroo, Western Australia : Odyssey Publishing Vol. 1 408 pp. Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213 Rolán E., 2005. Malacological Fauna From The Cape Verde Archipelago. Part 1, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda.

External links[]

Huelsken, T. et al. (2008) The Naticidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Isola del Giglio (Tuscany, Italy): Shell characters, live animals, and a molecular analysis of egg masses. Zootaxa, 1770:1-40.

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