Sertum rock shell Nassa serta, copyright Jan Delsing.

Belongs within: Muricidae.

Nassa is a genus of marine gastropods found in the tropical Indo-Pacific, living under stones and coral in intertidal and shallow sublittoral waters (Wilson & Gillett 1971).

Characters (from Wilson & Gillett 1971): Ovate, spire moderately high. Whorls rounded. Anterior canal broad, posterior canal not notched into lip but formed behind large opposing denticles on parietal wall and outer lip.

Nassa Röding 1798 WG71 [incl. Iopas Adams & Adams 1853 RA75]
    |--N. serta (Bruguière 1789) BW09 (see below for synonymy)
    |--N. corniculum D56
    |--N. francoindica Martin 1919 [=N. ovum Cossmann 1902 (preoc.)] F27b
    |--N. francolina Bruguière 1789 WG71
    |--N. gemmulata F66
    |--N. intermedia [=Alectrion suturalis dunkeri Suter 1908] F27a
    |--N. jhoni BBB-S95
    |--N. marginulata F66
    |--N. mutabilis D56
    |--N. obsoleta D56
    |--N. olivacea F66
    |--N. taenia F66
    |--N. tatei Tenison-Woods 1878 F71
    `--N. thersites F66

Nassa serta (Bruguière 1789) BW09 [=Buccinum sertum H09, *Iopas sertum RA75, Purpura sertum RA75; incl. *Nassa picta Röding 1798 RA75]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BBB-S95] Boubezari, K., G. Bitar & D. Bellan-Santini. 1995. Structure et organisation de trois moulières (Mytilus galloprovincialis et Perna perna) de la région d’Alger. Mésogée 54: 63-72.

[BW09] Bryce, C. & C. Whisson. 2009. The macromolluscs of Mermaid (Rowley Shoals), Scott and Seringapatam Reefs, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 77: 177-208.

[D56] Dawes, B. 1956. The Trematoda with special reference to British and other European forms. University Press: Cambridge.

[F27a] Finlay, H. J. 1927a. A further commentary on New Zealand molluscan systematics. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 320-485.

[F27b] Finlay, H. J. 1927b. New specific names for austral Mollusca. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 488-533.

[F71] Fletcher, H. O. 1971. Catalogue of type specimens of fossils in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Australian Museum Memoir 13: 1-167.

[F66] Fraser, L. 1866. Communication of a list of mollusks collected by R. Swinhoe, Esq., in Formosa. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 146.

[H09] Hedley, C. 1909. The Marine Fauna of Queensland: Address by the President of Section D. Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science: Brisbane.

[RA75] Radwin, G. E. & A. D’Attilio. 1975. A catalogue of muricacean generic taxa. Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 17 (20): 279-292.

[WG71] Wilson, B. R., & K. Gillett. 1971. Australian Shells: illustrating and describing 600 species of marine gastropods found in Australian waters. A. H. & A. W. Reed: Sydney.

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