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Family: Architectonicidae Sundial shells (See list of species below)

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116 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Adelphotectonica kuroharai
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Adelphotectonica reevei
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Architectonica acutissima
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Architectonica arcana
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Architectonica asperum
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Architectonica consobrina
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Architectonica fuliginosum
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Architectonica gothica
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Architectonica grandiosa
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Architectonica gualtierii
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Architectonica kuroharai
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Architectonica laevigata
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Architectonica maculata
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Architectonica maxima
[giant sundial]


Architectonica modesta
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Architectonica nobilis
[common sundial]
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Architectonica pentacyclota
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Architectonica perdix
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Architectonica perpectiva
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Architectonica perspectiva
[clear sundial]
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Architectonica picta
[pictorial sundial]
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Architectonica proestleri
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Architectonica radialis
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Architectonica sunderlandi
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Architectonica trochlearis
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Architectonica uruguaya
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Architectonica wroblewskyi
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Basisulcata lepida
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Discotectonica acutissima
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Discotectonica discus
[keeled sundial]
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Granosolarium gemmiferum
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Gyriscus hayashii
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Heliacus asteleformis
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Heliacus bisulcatus
[beaded sundial]
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Heliacus caelatus
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Heliacus canariensis
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Heliacus chiquita
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Heliacus contextus
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Heliacus corallinus
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Heliacus crystallina
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Heliacus cylindricus
[Atlantic cylinder sundial]
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Heliacus delphinuloides
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Heliacus dorsuosus
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Heliacus fallaciosus
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Heliacus fenestratus
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Heliacus geminus
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Heliacus hyperionis
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Heliacus implexus
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Heliacus infundibuliformis
[channeled sundial]
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Heliacus jeffreysianus
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Heliacus maorianus
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Heliacus mazatlanicus
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Heliacus oceanitis
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Heliacus perrieri
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Heliacus planispira
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Heliacus proteus
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Heliacus riisei
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Heliacus turritus
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Heliacus variegatus
[variegated sundial shell]
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Heliacus worsfoldi
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Mangonuia bollonsi
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Mathilda carystia
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Mathilda gennulifera
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Mathilda japonica
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Mathilda quinquelirata
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Mathilda sagamiensis
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Mathilda scalaris
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Philippia hybrida
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Philippia layardi
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Philippia lutea
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Pseudomalaxis actoni
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Pseudomalaxis solaris
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Pseudomalaxis zanclaeus
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Pseudomalaxis zancleus
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Pseudotorinia amoena
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Pseudotorinia architae
[noduled sundial]
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Pseudotorinia bullisi
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Pseudotorinia concava
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Pseudotorinia delectabilis
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Pseudotorinia gemmulata
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Pseudotorinia numulus
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Pseudotorinia retifera
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Pseudotorinia sestertius
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Pseudotorinia yaroni
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Psilaxis krebsii
[smooth sundial]
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Psilaxis oxytropis
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Psilaxis radiatus
[yellow sundial]
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Solarium abyssorum
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Solarium admirandum
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Solarium aethiops
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Solarium cerdaleum
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Solarium certesi
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Solarium dilectum
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Solarium dollfusi
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Solarium implexum
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Solarium impressum
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Solarium nubilum
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Solarium ordinarium
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Solarium peracutum
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Solarium pulchellum
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Solarium sigsbeei
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Solarium virgatum
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Solarium virginae
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Solatisonax acutecarinata
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Solatisonax alleryi
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Solatisonax bannocki
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Solatisonax borealis
[boreal sundial]
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Solatisonax injussa
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Solatisonax propinqua
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Spirolaxis argonauta
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Spirolaxis centrifugus
[exquisite false-dial]
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Spirolaxis clenchi
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Spirolaxis cornuarietis
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Spirolaxis lamelliferus
[lamellate false-dial]
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Spirolaxis rotulacatharinea
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Torinia densegranosa
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116 Species of Family Architectonicidae
(Sundial shells)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Adelphotectonica kuroharai Western Central Pacific
Adelphotectonica reevei Western Pacific
Architectonica acutissima Western Central Pacific
Architectonica arcana Western Indian Ocean
Architectonica asperum Western Central Pacific
Architectonica consobrina Western Central Pacific
Architectonica fuliginosum Western Central Pacific
Architectonica gothica Indo-Pacific.
Architectonica grandiosa Western Central Pacific
Architectonica gualtierii Indo-Pacific.
Architectonica kuroharai Northwest Pacific
Architectonica laevigata Indo-Pacific.
Architectonica maculata Western Central Pacific
Architectonica maxima giant sundial Indo-Pacific 7 SHD
Architectonica modesta Western Central Pacific 3 SHD
Architectonica nobilis common sundial Central Pacific and Atlan
Architectonica pentacyclota Northwest Pacific
Architectonica perdix Northwest Pacific
Architectonica perpectiva Western Central Pacific
Architectonica perspectiva clear sundial Indo-Pacific 7 SHL
Architectonica picta pictorial sundial Western Central Pacific 4.5 SHD
Architectonica proestleri Western Central Pacific
Architectonica radialis Eastern Central Pacific
Architectonica sunderlandi Western Central Atlantic;
Architectonica trochlearis Western Pacific 7 SHD
Architectonica uruguaya Western Atlantic. 1.7 DL
Architectonica wroblewskyi Western Central Atlantic
Basisulcata lepida Mediterranean Sea.
Discotectonica acutissima Western Pacific 4 SHD
Discotectonica discus keeled sundial Eastern Pacific, Atlantic 1.5 DL
Granosolarium gemmiferum Southwest Pacific
Gyriscus hayashii Northwest Pacific
Heliacus asteleformis Southwest Pacific
Heliacus bisulcatus beaded sundial Atlantic Ocean. 1.2 DL
Heliacus caelatus Western Central Pacific
Heliacus canariensis Eastern Central Pacific
Heliacus chiquita Eastern Central Pacific
Heliacus contextus Mediterranean Sea.
Heliacus corallinus Western Central Pacific
Heliacus crystallina Western Central Atlantic
Heliacus cylindricus Atlantic cylinder sundial Atlantic Ocean 1 DL
Heliacus delphinuloides Western Atlantic. 0.75 DL
Heliacus dorsuosus Western Central Pacific 1.5 SHD
Heliacus fallaciosus Mediterranean and Eastern
Heliacus fenestratus Western Central Pacific
Heliacus geminus Indo-Pacific.
Heliacus hyperionis Southwest Pacific
Heliacus implexus Pacific Ocean
Heliacus infundibuliformis channeled sundial Western Central Pacific a
Heliacus jeffreysianus Mediterranean Sea.
Heliacus maorianus Southwest Pacific
Heliacus mazatlanicus Eastern Central Pacific
Heliacus oceanitis Western Indian Ocean
Heliacus perrieri Atlantic Ocean. 1.5 DL
Heliacus planispira Eastern Central Pacific
Heliacus proteus Western Central Pacific
Heliacus riisei Western Atlantic. 0.73 DL
Heliacus turritus Western Central Pacific
Heliacus variegatus variegated sundial shell Indo-West Pacific. Tropi 2 WD
Heliacus worsfoldi Western Central Atlantic 0.73 DL
Mangonuia bollonsi Southwest Pacific
Mathilda carystia Indo-West Pacific
Mathilda gennulifera Western Central Pacific
Mathilda japonica Western Central Pacific
Mathilda quinquelirata Western Central Pacific
Mathilda sagamiensis Western Central Pacific
Mathilda scalaris Western Pacific
Philippia hybrida Mediterranean Sea.
Philippia layardi Eastern Indian Ocean
Philippia lutea Southwest Pacific
Pseudomalaxis actoni Mediterranean Sea.
Pseudomalaxis solaris Northwest Pacific
Pseudomalaxis zanclaeus Mediterranean Sea.
Pseudomalaxis zancleus Atlantic Ocean 1.16 DL
Pseudotorinia amoena Western Central Pacific
Pseudotorinia architae noduled sundial Atlantic Ocean and the Me 1 DL
Pseudotorinia bullisi Western Atlantic. 1.02 DL
Pseudotorinia concava Western Central Pacific
Pseudotorinia delectabilis Western Central Pacific
Pseudotorinia gemmulata Western Central Pacific
Pseudotorinia numulus Western Central Pacific
Pseudotorinia retifera Western Atlantic. 0.6 DL
Pseudotorinia sestertius Western Central Pacific
Pseudotorinia yaroni Western Indian Ocean
Psilaxis krebsii smooth sundial Western Atlantic.
Psilaxis oxytropis Western Pacific. Tropica 2 SHD
Psilaxis radiatus yellow sundial Pacific Ocean. 2.5 SHD
Solarium abyssorum Eastern Indian Ocean
Solarium admirandum Eastern Indian Ocean
Solarium aethiops Western Central Pacific
Solarium cerdaleum Western Indian Ocean
Solarium certesi Northeast Atlantic
Solarium dilectum Western Indian Ocean
Solarium dollfusi Northeast Atlantic
Solarium implexum Eastern Central Pacific
Solarium impressum Eastern Indian Ocean
Solarium nubilum Western Central Atlantic
Solarium ordinarium Southeast Atlantic
Solarium peracutum Western Central Atlantic
Solarium pulchellum Mediterranean Sea.
Solarium sigsbeei Western Central Atlantic 0.55 DL
Solarium virgatum Western Central Pacific
Solarium virginae Northeast Atlantic
Solatisonax acutecarinata Western Central Pacific
Solatisonax alleryi Mediterranean Sea.
Solatisonax bannocki Mediterranean Sea.
Solatisonax borealis boreal sundial Western Atlantic Ocean. 1.2 DL
Solatisonax injussa Southwest Pacific
Solatisonax propinqua Eastern Central Pacific
Spirolaxis argonauta Indo-Pacific.
Spirolaxis centrifugus exquisite false-dial Western Atlantic and the 0.43 DL
Spirolaxis clenchi Western Central Pacific a 0.3 DL
Spirolaxis cornuarietis Indo-Pacific.
Spirolaxis lamelliferus lamellate false-dial Atlantic Ocean and the Me 0.3 DL
Spirolaxis rotulacatharinea Western Pacific
Torinia densegranosa Northwest Pacific



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