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Kirkospira tongassensis Rohr and Blodgett 2008 (snail)

Gastropoda - Murchisoniina - Plethospiridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 136573

Alternative combination: Baichtalia tongassensis

Full reference: D. M. Rohr and R. B. Blodgett. 2008. Silurian Gastropoda from the Alexander terrane, southeast Alaska. Geological Society of America Special Paper 442:51-61

Belongs to Kirkospira according to P. J. Wagner 2020

Sister taxa: Kirkospira glacialis, Kirkospira lindstroemi, Kirkospira vitellia

Type specimen: USNM 528224, a shell. Its type locality is 2002RB32, which is in a Ludlow carbonate wackestone/packstone in the Heceta Limestone Formation of Alaska.

Ecology: facultatively mobile epifaunal suspension feeder

Average measurements (in mm): shell 45.0 x 20.0