Comments on Acantinella, Preangeria and Taurasia (Muricidae, Drupinae)
A number of species of Drupinae, all quite unusual faunal elements, which up to now have been assigned to such genera as Taurasia, apparently confined to the South European Miocene, or Preangeria, Acantinella and Acanthinucella of the Southeast Asian Miocene are reconsidered. On the basis of their unique columellar features it is presently proposed to unite Acantinella, Preangeria and Taurasia, the last name taking priority. Two new species are described: Taurasia niasensis and T. pendopoensis, from Indonesian Plio-Pleistocene and Miocene, respectively. A living Indo-Western Pacific species, called Purpura buccinea since 1844, is reclassified as presumably the only representative of Taurasia in the Recent fauna known to date.
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Beets, C. (1984). Comments on Acantinella, Preangeria and Taurasia (Muricidae, Drupinae). Scripta Geologica, 74, 39–47.