Thyca callista

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Thyca callista
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked):clade Caenogastropoda
Superfamily: Eulimoidea
Family: Eulimidae
Genus: Thyca
Species:T. callista
Binomial name
Thyca callista
Berry, 1959
Synonyms
  • Thyca (Bessomia) callistaBerry, 1959

Thyca callista is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Eulimidae. The species is one of multiple known species to exist within the genus, Thyca . [1]

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References

  1. Berry, 1959. Warén A. (2011). Checklist of Eulimidae. pers. com. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=536083 on 2013-02-13.