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Canarium Klineorum


Original Description of Strombus klineorum by Abbott, 1960, p. 70:

  • "Adult shell 17 to 37 mm (...) in length, smootish, except for strong knobs at the shoulder, with a brightly colored aperture, and resembling labiatus. Whorls 7 to 9. Nuclear whorls 3, glassy, smootish, translucent tan and moderately rounded. Postnuclear whorls with 7 to 10 fine incised spiral lines which in the third whorl become crossed by 16 to 19 rounded, evenly spaced axial ribs which become increasingly nodulated at the central shoulder. The penultimate whorl has usually 11 (rarely 14) small knobs and the body whorl only 3, of which the last is very large and blunt and located 1/4 of a whorl back from the swollen varix. Ventral wall peculiarly flattened and smooth. Suture slightly impressed and bordered below by a weak, small spiral cord only in the first 3 or 4 postnuclear whorls. Color of outer shell olivaceous brown with suffused maculations of light yellow-brown. Center of body whorl with 2 or 3 narrow spiral bands of tiny clusters of opaque-white dots. Aperture squarish at the top, broader below. Upper end of outer lip shouldered by a large swelling. Columella slightly arching, with a strong border on its left. The outer border of the columella and the inner narrow border of the outer lip are bright carmine to yellowish red. The entire inner half of the columella ans a broad band inside the outer lip are very dark blackish purple. Deep within the aperture whitish to cream. Columella smooth at the center, but with spiral teeth at the lower and upper fourth. Inside of body whorl with numerous, raised, fine, black or gray spiral lirae. Tip of short, straight siphonal canal without a black stain. Periostracum thin, translucent, and smoothish. Operculum stromboid, slightly less than 1/3 the length of the shell, not arching, light-brown, with about 8 small serrations, and with a weak central rib on the attachment side. Body coloration similar to that of urceus."

Locus typicus: Powder Bay, near Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka Island (formerly Ceylon)

Types: holotype ANSP no. 247621, paratypes ANSP no. 211121 and 211173, MCZ no. 224889

Etymology: named after G. and M. Kline

Synonymy and History

Canarium klineorum (Abbott, 1960: 70, pl. 20 figs 20, 21) (Strombus (Canarium) klineorum)

  • Syn.: Strombus urceus Duclos in Chenu, 1844. pl. 5, figs. 10, 11 [non Linnaeus, 1758]

Specimens from private collections

Canarium klineorum (Abbott, 1960); Sri Lanka Island (formerly Ceylon); 34,2 mm; Coll. Frank Nolf no. 09174

Canarium klineorum (Abbott, 1960); Sri Lanka Island (formerly Ceylon); 30,7 mm; Coll. Frank Nolf no. 09174

Canarium klineorum (Abbott, 1960); Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka Island (formerly Ceylon); t:45 mm, b:34 mm; 12/1990; Coll. Christian Börnke

Canarium klineorum (Abbott, 1960); Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka Island (formerly Ceylon); 8/1983; Coll. Gijs Kronenberg no. 655



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