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Gastropoda - Sorbeoconcha - Turritellidae

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1847Mesalia Gray
1879Turritella (Mesalia) Wood p. 26
1937Stigmesalia Finlay and Marwick
1940Mesalia Stenzel and Turner p. 842
1966Mesalia Palmer and Brann p. 762
1967Mesalia Abbass p. 26
1994Mesalia Titova p. 321
1996Mesalia Allmon p. 11
2002Mesalia Sepkoski, Jr.
2004Mesalia Stilwell et al. p. 29
2006Mesalia Perrilliat et al. p. 157
2007Mesalia Squires and Saul pp. 6 - 7

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EubilateriaAx 1987
classGastropodaCuvier 1797
orderSorbeoconchaPonder and Lindberg 1997
superfamilyCerithioidea(Férussac 1819)
familyTurritellidaeLovén 1847
subfamilyPareorinae(Finlay and Marwick 1937)
genusMesaliaGray 1847

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

R. L. Squires and L. R. Saul 2007Small to large (up to approximately 95 mm shell height), turritelliform, slender to conical rotund. Pleural angle ranges from 15° to 41°. Protoconch conical, small, smooth, and approximately two whorls. Protoconch to teleoconch transition gradual. Teleoconch whorls up to 16, whorl sides convex to flattish/concave. Sculpture on early juvenile teleoconch whorls variable, ranging from nearly smooth or with very fine, unicostate, whorls highly variable, ranging from smooth to numerous, weak to moderately strong closely spaced spiral ribs, but less commonly with fewer and more prominent spiral ribs. Growth lines parasigmoidal on last whorl (including base); lateral sinus variable in amount of concavity (flexure). Aperture with shallow effuse spout, ranging from somewhat constrained to broad. Adapical edge of spout usually forms weak spiral ridge that continues onto columella.