Zoila gigas McCoy 1867 (cowry)

Gastropoda - Cypraeoidea - Cypraeidae

Alternative combinations: Cypraea (Aricia) gigas, Cypraea (Erosaria) gigas, Cypraea gigas, Gigantocypraea gigas, Gisortia gigas, Zoila (Gigantocypraea) gigas

Synonyms: Cypraea dorsata Tate 1890, Cypraea gabrieli Chapman 1912, Gigantocypraea gabrieli Chapman 1912, Gisortia dorsata Tate 1890, Zoila (Gigantocypraea) dorsata Tate 1890, Zoila dorsata Tate 1890, Zoila gabrieli Chapman 1912

Full reference: F. McCoy. 1867. On the Recent zoology and palaeontology of Victoria. Intercolonial Exhibition Essays 1866–67:1-24

Belongs to Zoila according to T. A. Darragh 2011

See also Chapman 1912, McCoy 1875, Tate 1890 and Tate 1892

Sister taxa: Cypraea (Zoila) itoigawai, Zoila (Zoila), Zoila campestris, Zoila chathamensis, Zoila didymorhyncha, Zoila dolichorhyncha, Zoila fodinata, Zoila glomerabilis, Zoila mulderi, Zoila platypyga, Zoila viathomsoni

Type specimens:

  • Zoila gigas: P12139, a shell
  • Zoila dorsata: SAM T849, a shell.
  • Zoila gabrieli: P12366, a shell.

Ecology: epifaunal omnivore-grazer


• Miocene of Australia (9 collections)

• Oligocene to Miocene of Australia (1)

• Oligocene of Australia (2)

Total: 12 collections each including a single occurrence

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