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|Title:||A new species of Thais (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Muricidae) with direct development from northwestern Australia|
|Citation:||Tan, K.S. (1997-11). A new species of Thais (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Muricidae) with direct development from northwestern Australia. Journal of Natural History 31 (11) : 1723-1742. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Thais wutingi, a new species of Muricidae, is described from rocky and mangrove shores in the vicinity of Darwin, northern Australia. It is relatively common where it occurs but the species may have previously been mistaken for T. gradata (Jonas) or T. javanica (Philippi). The new species differs from the latter two species in having a penis with a narrow groove along the greater curvature of the penial base. The larvae of T. wutingi undergo direct development, hatching from egg capsules as crawling juveniles, in contrast to the majority of Thais (s.l.) species found in the tropics which have planktotrophic development. Its mode of development may explain the relatively restricted geographical distribution of this species, which is confined to the north and northwestern coasts of Australia.|
|Source Title:||Journal of Natural History|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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