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Species / Lispodesthes Nuptialis


Original description of Anchura nuptialis by White, 1874:

  • "Shell small; body subfusiform; spire moderately prominent, acute, nearly or wholly incrusted by callus, so that the volutions are obscurely seen except where the callus is exfoliated; volutions about seven; revolving angle obscure upon the volutions of the spire, even when bared by exfoliation of the callus, but is more distinct upon the body-whorl, and ends in a slender, falciform prolongation of the lip. This prolongation diverges widely from the axis of the shell, but reaches nearly as far backward as the apex of the spire; anterior border of the lip with a prominent, rounded lobe, placed just forward of the base of the falciform process, and which is about as wide as that process is at its base; from this lobe, the border of the lip passes forward with a concave curve to the base of, and ends in, the long, slender, anterior canal. Aperture unknown. Length from the apex of the spire to the end of the anterior canal, twenty millimeters; width, measuring across from the base of the falciform process of the lip, nine millimeters; spire, falciform process, and anterior canal, each about seven millimeters."

Locus typicus: Fifty miles north of Camp Apache, and five miles west of Mineral Spring, Arizona, USA

Stratum typicum: Jurassic(?)

History and Synonymy


Lispodesthes nuptialis in White, 1877, pl. XVIII, fig. 3 a, b


  • Bergquist, 1944
  • White, 1874
  • White, C.A. 1877. Report upon the invertebrate fossils collected in portions of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, by parties of the expeditions of 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874; U.S. Geog. and Geol. Expl. Surveys W. of 100th Meridian (Wheeler), v. 4, pt. 1, pp. 1-219, pl.I-XXI.

Specimens from private collections

Lispodesthes nuptialis (White, 1874); Coleraine Formation, Cenomanian, upper Cretaceous; Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota, USA; 25 mm; Coll. Philippe Simonet

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