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A Database of Western Atlantic Marine Mollusca

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Gastropoda: Neogastropoda: Buccinoidea: Columbellidae

Astyris lunata (Say, 1826)

Range: 48°N to 28°S; 97.6°W to 34.9°W
Depth: 0 to 115 m (live 0 to 52 m)
Maximum Reported Size: 5.8  mm


Buccinum lunata (Say, 1826) 
Columbella lunata (Say, 1826) 
Nassa lunata Say, 1826
Mitrella lunata (Say, 1826) 
Pyrene lunata (Say, 1826) 
Buccinum pusillum Pfeiffer, 1840
Columbella duclosiana d'Orbigny, 1842
Mitrella duclosiana (d'Orbigny, 1842) 
Colombella duclosiana (d'Orbigny, 1842) 
Buccinum wheatleyi De Kay, 1843
Columbella pusilla Sowerby I, 1844
Buccinum zonale Gould, 1848
Columbella dissimilis Stimpson, 1851
Columbella gouldiana Stimpson, 1851
Columbella spirantha Ravenel, 1859


Nassa lunata Say, 1826, p. 213-214
[Basis of the current name]
Type Locality: Coast of the Southern States
Range: 48°N to 28°S; 97.6°W to 34.9°W
Depth: 0 to 80 m (live 0 to 52 m)
Maximum Reported Size: 5.4 mm
Distribution: Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick; USA: Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida: East Florida, West Florida, Florida Keys; USA: Louisiana, Texas; Mexico: Veracruz, Campeche State, Yucatan State, Campeche Bank, Quintana Roo; Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands: St. Croix; St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Grenada; Surinam, Brazil: Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Bahia, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina
References: Kurtz (1860); Dautzenberg (1900); Bousfield (1964) N; García-Cubas (1971) W; Mello & Perrier (1986) E; Reed & Mikkelsen (1987) D; Leal (1991b) L
Combining Genera:  Buccinum Columbella Mitrella Pyrene

Columbella dissimilis Stimpson, 1851c, p. 47-48, Not figured
Type Locality: Eastport Harbor [Maine] and Grand Manan [New Brunswick] [4-40 fathoms (Stimpson 1851e)]
Range: 45°N to 44°N; 69°W to 67°W
Depth: 7 to 73 m (live 16 m)
Maximum Reported Size: 5.8 mm
Distribution: Canada: New Brunswick; USA: Maine
References: Stimpson (1851c) Dd; Stimpson (1851e) M; Procter (1933) LlNSEW
Comments: Length given as .023 inches in Stimpson (1851c), correctly as .23 inches in Stimpson (1851e: 114).

Columbella duclosiana d'Orbigny, 1842b, p. [d'Orbigny 1848, p. 136], pl. 21, figs. 31-33
Type Locality: Saint-Thomas et de la Jamaïque
Range: 35°N to 13°N; 83°W to 59.6°W
Depth: 0 to 115 m
Maximum Reported Size: 4 mm
Distribution: USA: North Carolina, Florida: West Florida; Jamaica, Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands: St. Thomas; Barbados
References: Maury (1922) DdNSEW; Faber (2004) s
Combining Genera:  Colombella Mitrella

Columbella gouldiana Stimpson, 1851c, p. 48, Not figured
Attributed to: Agassiz MS
Type Locality: Massachusetts Bay
Range: 42.5°N to 41°N; 72.5°W to 71°W
Distribution: USA: Massachusetts, New York
References: Stimpson (1851c) NE; S. Smith (1860) SW; A. E. Verrill (1873b) s

Columbella pusilla Sowerby I, 1844a, p. 144[bis], pl. 40, fig. 182-183
[Synonymy uncertain]
Type Locality: St. Vincent's
Range: 13.3°N ; 61.2°W
Maximum Reported Size: 4 mm
Distribution: St. Vincent & the Grenadines: St. Vincent
Comments: E. A. Smith's (1890b:262) record from St. Helena needs confirmation.

Buccinum pusillum Pfeiffer, 1840, p. 257, Not figured
[Synonymy uncertain]
Type Locality: Cuba [Nordküste, Pfeiffer 1839: 349]
Range: 23.15°N to 23°N; 82.3°W to 81.7°W
Maximum Reported Size: 3.8 mm
Distribution: Cuba: North Matanzas
References: Pfeiffer (1840) M; Arango (1880) NW; Rosenberg (herein) s?
Comments: Non Serres, 1829.

Columbella spirantha Ravenel, 1859, p. 281-282
[Synonymy uncertain]
Type Locality: Recent, Wando River, South Carolina
Range: 32.8°N to 11°N; 79.8°W to 74°W
Depth: 0 m
Maximum Reported Size: 4 mm
Distribution: USA: South Carolina; Colombia
References: Ravenel (1859) NWM; Dautzenberg (1900) DdSE; Abbott (1974) s
Comments: Ravenel described the live animal and distinguished it from that of A. lunata; the synonym with A. lunata by Abbott (1974) did not take this into account and should be re-evaluated.

Buccinum veatleyi sic, 
[Not available]
Comments: Misspelling by Stimpson (1851c: 48).

Buccinum wheatleyi De Kay, 1843, p. 132, pl. 7, fig. 162
Type Locality: Harbor of New York, opposite Staten Island, 5 fathoms
Range: 40.65°N ; 74.05°W
Depth: 9 m
Maximum Reported Size: 5.8 mm
Distribution: USA: New York
References: De Kay (1843) DdNSEWM; A. E. Verrill (1873b) s

Buccinum zonale Gould, 1848a, p. 236, text-fig. 8
[Synonymy uncertain]
Type Locality: Not stated [Stonington, Connecticut, from stomach of haddock (Linsley 1845)]
Range: 45°N to 35°N; 75°W to 67°W
Depth: 15 to 91 m
Maximum Reported Size: 4 mm
Distribution: Canada: New Brunswick; USA: Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Carolina
References: Gould (1848a) M; A. E. Verrill (1873b) dNE; Maury (1922) s; Porter (1974) Dd
Comments: Non Bruguière, 1789. Nude name in Linsley (1845: 285), as Buccinum zonalis.

Partial List of References

d'Orbigny, A. 1842. Mollusques Histoire Physique, Politique et Naturelle de l'île de Cuba 2 1-112, pls. 10-21?. Arthus Bertrand: Paris. [Stated date: -- --- 1853; true date: -- --- 1842.]
De Kay, J. E. 1843. Mollusca Zoology of New York 5 [iii] + iv + [iv] + 271 pp., 40 pls.
Gould, A. A. 1848. Description of shells found in Connecticut, collected and named by the late Rev. J. H. Linsley American Journal of Science and Arts (2)6 233-236. [Stated date: -- Sep 1848.]
Pfeiffer, L. 1840. Uebersicht der im Januar, Februar und März 1839 auf Cuba gesammelten Mollusken Archiv für Naturgeschichte 6(1) 250-261.
Ravenel, E. 1859. Description of three new species of univalves, recent and fossil Proceedings of the Elliott Society of Natural History 1 280-282. [Stated date: -- May 1858.]
Say, T. 1826. Descriptions of marine shells recently discovered on the coast of the United States Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 5 207-221. [True date: -- Feb 1826.]
Sowerby, G. B., I. 1844. Monograph of the genus Columbella Thesaurus Conchyliorum 1 109[bis]-146[bis], pls. 36-40 [True date: pre 11 Apr.]
Stimpson, W. 1851. Shells of New England  59 pp., 2 pls. Phillips, Sampson, and Company: Boston. [Stated date: 25 Nov 1851; true date: pre Dec 16.]

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