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Species / Ophioglossolambis


Type species: Strombus digitatus Perry, 1811 by orignal designation

Original Description of the genus Ophioglossolambis by Dekkers, 2012, p. 71:

  • "Shells characterized by elongate apertures with a columella that is covered by a thickened, sharply marked plate bearing well-developed spiral lirae, an inner side of the labrum bearing lirae, a siphonal canal which is either straight or curved to the right, by presence of up to 10 labial digitations, of which the posterior one near the apex is bifurcated like a snake's tongue, and by an outer lip that is thickened through adding shell material in clearly visible layers."


  • t: Ophioglossolambis violacea
  • b: Ophioglossolambis digitata

Etymology: "The name Ophioglossolambis is a combination of two words combined with lambis. Ophios is the Greek word for snakes. The Greek word glossa means tongue. The combination means snake tongue and it stands for the posterior spine that splits into two branches like a snake's tongue."


  • Bouchet, P. (2012). Ophioglossolambis Dekkers, 2012. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-10-14
  • Dekkers A.M. (2012) A new genus related to the genus Lambis Röding, 1798 (Gastropoda: Strombidae) from the Indian Ocean. Gloria Maris 51(2-3): 68-74.

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