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The Giant Creeper, Campanile symbolicum Iredale, an Australian Relict Marine Snail

  • Richard S. Houbrick
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Abstract

During the Early Tertiary, prosobranch gastropods of the family Campanilidae Douville 1904 comprised an extensive group of many large-shelled species that were common in the Tethys Sea. Some species such as Campanile giganteum (Lamarck 1804), the type-species of the genus Campanile, attained a length of 1 m and are among the largest gastropods on record. The family is represented today by a single living species from southwestern Australia, Campanile symbolicum Iredale 1917.

Keywords

Cretaceous Miocene Sorting Pleistocene Eocene 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard S. Houbrick
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  1. 1.Department of Invertebrate Zoology (Mollusks), Smithsonian InstitutionNational Museum of Natural HistoryUSA

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