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Genus ARGOBUCCINUM Herrmannsen, 1846


Type (OD) Ranella argus Gmelin = Murex argus Gmelin, 1791


Shell of moderate to large size, solid, ovate, with a capacious body-whorl and aperture. Varices few, low and broadly rounded. Sculpture of revolving series of primary and secondary granose or smooth cords. Outer-lip thin edged, but externally variced and internally dentate; anterior canal short; inner-lip plicate, and with a very strong parietal tubercle, that constricts the weak posterior canal. Operculum thin, horny, with a latero-terminal nucleus, the outer edge ragged, as in the thaisids. Periostracum thick, lamellose and pile-like. Southern Ocean; Chile, Magellanic Region generally, South Africa New Zealand and southern Australia.”


(Powell, 1979: 166)


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Source: Antarctic Invertebrates Website (NMNH)

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