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American Metulas (Gastropoda: Buccinidae)

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The American species, both Recent and fossil, of the buccinid genus Metula are reviewed, and arranged in four subgenera: Metula s.s., Agassitula n. subgen., Minitula n. subgen., and Floritula n. subgen. The nominate subgenus contains ten species, of which M. ellena, M. optima, and M. terryi are described as new; the rediscovery of M. lintea Guppy is reported, and its occurrence in the Recent fauna is confirmed. The subgenus Agassitula contains four species, of which M. guppyi is described as new. The subgenus Minitula is established for M. minor, n. sp., and the subgenus Floritula for M. roberti Olsson. A new record of Bartschia significans Rehder is reported, but the relationship of the genus to Metula remains to be clarified. It is shown that Metula fusiformis Clench & Aguayo was incorrectly assigned to the genus.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1972

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