The "Whelks" - Subfamily Busyconinae Wade, 1917

Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, FL

    Taxonomy herein follows the latest authoritative work (1998) Common and Scientific Names of Aquatic Invertebrates from the United States and Canada: Mollusks, 2nd edition, American Fisheries Society Special Publication 26 (Turgeon, D. D., J. F. Quinn, Jr., A. E. Bogan, E. V. Coan, F. G. Hochberg, W. G. Lyons, P. M. Mikkelsen, R. J. Neves, C. F. E. Roper, G. Rosenberg, B. Roth, A. Scheltema, F. G. Thompson, M. Vecchione, and J. D. Williams).

    Research conducted by Dr. Wise (Houston Museum of Natural Science), Dr. Dillon (College of Charleston), and Dr. Harasewych (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution) suggests that all living sinistral whelks of the west Atlantic are conspecific [of the same species], Busycon perversum (Linnaeus, 1758) being the oldest available nomen. (See abstract)


Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, FL

Guide To Northeast Florida Whelks


Busycon carica (Gmelin, 1791) Knobbed Whelk

Busycon perversum (Linnaeus, 1758) Lightning Whelk

Genus Busycon

Busycoarctum coarctatum (G. B. Sowerby I, 1825) Turnip Whelk

Busycotypus canaliculatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Channeled Whelk

Genus Busycoarctum Genus Busycotypus
Fulguropsis spirata (Lamarck, 1816) Lindafulgur lyonsi (Petuch, 1987)
Genus Fulguropsis Genus Lindafulgur
Busycon carica (Gmelin, 1791) Radula

Egg Capsules

Radular Teeth Egg Capsules
Genus Busycon Freak Shells Fulguropsis | Busycotypus | Busycon Opercula
Genus Busycon Freaks Opercula

Also See:   Busycon Taxonomic Travail