Turbonilla (Pyrgiscus) buteonis Bartsch, 1909 Hawk Turbonille

Turbonilla (Pyrgiscus) buteonis Bartsch, 1909 Hawk Turbonille

Turbonilla (Pyrgiscus) buteonis Bartsch, 1909 Hawk Turbonille

Hilton Head, South Carolina (5 mm.)

Bight side, Cape Lookout, North Carolina (8 mm.)

Juveniles

Turbonilla (Pyrgiscus) buteonis Bartsch, 1909 Hawk Turbonille

Turbonilla (Pyrgiscus) buteonis Bartsch, 1909 Hawk Turbonille

Ft. Fisher, Kure Beach, North Carolina (3 mm.)

Sunset Beach, North Carolina (2.5 mm.)

All digital images by David Kirsh

    Salient characters of this shell include the seemingly teratologic rapidly-expanding profile from very slender apex and the waxy luster with fine secondary spiral scratches atop irregular and variable spiral ridges. Redescribed by E. N. Powell (1981), who compared it to T. viridaria Dall, 1884. A synonym is T. kurtzii Maz˙ck, 1913, but T. interrupta (Totten, 1835) is not synonymous (despite Abbott, 1974 and others). This is T. (P.) sp. A Lyons (1989b) [vidi] from St. Lucie Co. T. pocahontasae Henderson and Bartsch, 1914 from Virginia may be a subadult specimen of this species. Collected from 40-175 ft. off NE Florida (Lee, 2009: 146; species no. 702) and also found in MA (Bartsch, 1909), VA to SC (Powell, 1981); NC, GA, and Levy Co. (Lee Collection). Not recorded from Florida by Camp, Lyons, and Perkins (1998).

Abbott, R. T., 1974. American seashells. Second edition. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, pp. 1-663 incl. numerous text figs. + 24 pls.
Bartsch, P., 1909. Pyramidellidae of New England and the adjacent region. Proc. Soc. Nat. Hist. Boston 34: 67-121.
Camp, D. K., W. G. Lyons, and T. H. Perkins, 1998. Checklists of selected shallow-water marine invertebrates of Florida. Florida Marine Res. Inst. Tech. Rep. TR-3. Florida Dept. Envir.   Protection, St. Petersburg. xv + 1-238.
Dall, W. H., 1884. On a collection of shells sent from Florida by Mr. Henry Hemphill. Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. 6(384): 312-342 + pl. 10. January.
Lee, H. G., 2009. Marine shells of northeast Florida. Jacksonville Shell Club, Jacksonville, FL. Pp. 204 + 19 color pls. 28 May.
Powell, E. N., 1981. Three Turbonilla (Pyramidellidae, Gastropoda) of North Carolina, with comments on pyramidellid systematics. Journal Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 97(1): 37-54.