Functional inference from gastropod shell morphology - some caveats
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 265–270., July 1991
How to Cite
HOUBRICK, R. S. (1991), Functional inference from gastropod shell morphology - some caveats. Lethaia, 24: 265–270.. doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1991.tb01477.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
- received 15th August, 1990; revised typescript accepted 4th March, 1991.
The dangers of making broad paleobiological inferences from shell morphology, based on limited observations of a few taxa, are indicated using as examples the secondary protoconchs of Colina species (Cerithiidae), and the ratchet sculpture of some surface dwelling species of Cerithium. Secondary protoconchs are not indicative of types of development and ratchet sculpture does not always indicate burrowing. □Protoconch, shell morphology, functional morphology, burrowing, Cerithiidae.