Busycotypus is a genus of very large sea snail
Sea snail
Sea snail is a common name for those snails that normally live in saltwater, marine gastropod molluscs....

s, marine
Marine (ocean)
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 gastropod mollusks in the family
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Buccinidae is a very large and diverse taxonomic family of large sea snails, often known as whelks or true whelks.True whelks are mostly marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Neogastropoda...

. In the USA, these are commonly known as whelk
Whelk, also spelled welk or even "wilks", is a common name used to mean one or more kinds of sea snail. The species, genera and families referred to using this common name vary a great deal from one geographic area to another...


Subgenera and species

Subgenera and species within the genus Busycotypus are as follows:
  • Subgenus Busycotypus Wenz
    Wilhelm August Wenz
    Wilhelm August Wenz was a German malacologist, born in Frankfurt am Main. He is the author of the 7-part Gastropoda section of Handbuch der Paläozoologie , a very important review that described all known fossil genera...

    , 1943
    • Busycotypus canaliculatus (Linnaeus
      Carolus Linnaeus
      Carl Linnaeus , also known after his ennoblement as , was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature. He is known as the father of modern taxonomy, and is also considered one of the fathers of modern ecology...

      , 1758)
      (the channeled whelk
      Channeled whelk
      The channeled whelk, Busycotypus canaliculatus, previously known as Busycon canaliculatum, is a very large predatory sea snail, a marine prosobranch gastropod, a busycon whelk, belonging to the family Buccinidae. This species is edible....

  • Subgenus Fulguropsis
    Fulguropsis is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Melongenidae, the crown conches and their allies.-Species:Species within the genus Fulguropsis include:* Fulguropsis feldmanni Petuch, 1991...

    (Marks, 1950)
    • Busycotypus plagosus (Conrad
      Timothy Abbott Conrad
      Timothy Abbott Conrad was an American geologist, malacologist and carcinologist.- External links :* at Internet Archive...

      , 1863)
      • Busycotypus plagosus galvestonesis (Hollister, 1958)
      • Busycotypus plagosus texanus (Hollister, 1958)
    • Busycotypus spiratus (Conrad
      Timothy Abbott Conrad
      Timothy Abbott Conrad was an American geologist, malacologist and carcinologist.- External links :* at Internet Archive...

      , 1863)
      • Busycotypus spiratus pyruloides (Say
        Thomas Say
        Thomas Say was an American naturalist, entomologist, malacologist, herpetologist and carcinologist. A taxonomist, he is often considered to be the father of descriptive entomology in the United States. He described more than 1,000 new species of beetles and over 400 species of insects of other...

        , 1822)
        (the pear whelk)
      • Busycotypus spiratus spiratus (Lamarck
        Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
        Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de la Marck , often known simply as Lamarck, was a French naturalist...

        , 1816)
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