Gaza superba

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Gaza superba
Various views of shells of Gaza superba with the operculum visible in place
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Turbinidae
Subfamily: Margaritinae
Genus: Gaza
Species: G. superba
Binomial name
Gaza superba
(Dall, 1881)
Synonyms
  • Callogaza superba Dall, 1881
  • Gaza superba Dall 1889
  • Gaza (Callogaza) superba Thiele 1929
  • Gaza watsoni Rios 1985

Gaza superba is a species of deep sea sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.[1]

Description[change | change source]

The shell is 2,5 to 4 cm. in width and present a spire somewhat elavated. Apex open in adult. Umbilicus about 75% covered by callus. The color of the shelll is old ivory a Golden sheen. The early whorls faintly wine colored. The operculum is circular and yellow to brown colors[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Distribution[change | change source]

Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.[7]

Habitat[change | change source]

Muddy sand bottom; from 380 to 925 m depth, mostly around 600 m depth.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Gaza superba (Dall, 1881). Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 1 May 2010.
  2. ABBOTT, R.T. 1954: American Seashells. D. Van Nostrand Company Inc. New York. xiv + 541 p.
  3. ABBOTT, R.T. 1983: Compendium of Seashells, pg.40.
  4. ABBOTT, R.T. & DANCE, S.P. 1983: Compendium of Seashells, pg.40.
  5. CLENCH, W.J. & ABBOTT, R.T. 1943: The genera Gaza and Livona in the Western Atlantic. Johnsonia 12: 1–12.
  6. QUINN, JAMES F. JR. 1979: Biological results of the University Deep Sea Expeditions130. The systematics and zoogeography of the gastropod Family Trochidae Collected in the straits of Florida and its approaches. Malacología 19(1): 1-62.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 SIMONE, L.R.L. & C.M. CUNHA. 2006: Revision of genera Gaza and Callogaza (Vetigastropoda, Trochidae), with description of a new Brazilian species. Zootaxa 1318: 1–40. PDF

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