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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Chilodontidae
Phylum  Mollusca
Rank  Genus
Superfamily  Seguenzioidea
Scientific name  Herpetopoma
Higher classification  Trochidae
Lower classifications  Herpetopoma bellum, Herpetopoma benthicola, Herpetopoma larochei, Herpetopoma mariae

Herpetopoma is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs of the family Chilodontidae.


In the past, this genus was often tretaed as a subgenus of Euchelus. However, this genus may prove to be a composite taxon, given the diversity of the shell forms.


The shell has a turbinate-conic shape as in Euchelus. The spire is elevated. The operculum is multispiral as in a typical Trochus and with more, less rapidly expanding whorls compared with Euchelus. Species in this genus has typically two teeth, joined by a U-shaped notch, where the columella and the basal lips join.


Species within the genus Herpetoma include:

Species brought into synonymy
  • Herpetopoma bella [sic]: synonym of Herpetopoma bellum (Hutton, 1873)
  • Herpetopoma clathratum (A. Adams, 1853): synonym of Vaceuchelus clathratus (A. Adams, 1853)
  • Herpetopoma eboreum Vilvens & Heros, 2003: synonym of Herpetopoma xeniolum (Melvill, 1918)
  • Herpetopoma fischeri (Montrouzier [in Souverbie & Montrouzier], 1866): synonym of Herpetopoma exasperatum (A. Adams, 1853)
  • Herpetopoma foveolatum (A. Adams, 1851): synonym of Vaceuchelus foveolatus (A. Adams, 1853)
  • Herpetopoma larochei alacerrima Dell, 1956: synonym of Herpetopoma alacerrimum Dell, 1956
  • Herpetopoma providentiae (Melvill, 1909): synonym of Ascetostoma providentiae (Melvill, 1909)
  • References

    Herpetopoma Wikipedia

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