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Table 1 Comparison of R. melitis n. sp. characteristcs of mature specimens against those of R. bicolor, R. cordieri (sensu Cossignani & Ardovini), R. echinata f. I, R. echinata f. II, R. echinata f. III, R. ephesina and R. sophiae n. sp.

From: The family Raphitomidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Conoidea) in the Greek Seas with the description of two new species

Species/characteristics R. melitis sp. n. R. bicolor R. cordieri R. echinata f. I R. echinata f. II R. echinata f. III R. ephesina R. sophiae sp. n.
Length/width ratio 2.1–2.4 2.4–2.7 2.4 2.1–2.5 2.2–2.4 2.2–2.4 2.2–2.3 2.4–2.5
Number of axial ribs on body whorl 12–14 16–18 11–12 13–14 12–13 15–16 10–11 18
Axial ribs form Convex Convex Convex Very convex Slightly convex Very convex Convex Very convex
Number of spiral cords on body whorl 14–16 15–18 17–18 13–14 15 16–17 17–18 25
Number of spiral cords on the penultimate whorl 5–6 9–7 4–5 4–5 4–5 6 5–6 10
Aperture teeth 7–8 9–10 10–12 8–11 7–8 9 7–8 12
Tail Moderately long Short Long Short Moderately long Moderately long Short Moderately long
Teleoconch microsculpture Sandpaper appearance Smooth Smooth Smooth Sandpaper appearance Sandpaper appearance Smooth Smooth
Subsutural ramp Moderately wide Narrow Very wide Wide Very wide Very wide Very narrow Moderately wide
Body whorl curvature Inverted dome shaped Rounded Rounded Rounded Inverted dome shaped Inverted dome shaped Rounded Inverted dome shaped
Teleoconch color pattern Randomly placed light brown patches on light beige background and 2 light beige cords over the suture of the last whorls Randomly placed cream-white patches on honey-yellow to deep purple background and white rib pairs Uniformly beige with a brown band as a prolongation of the suture Randomly placed diffused light brown, light purple and white areas on a light beige background Randomly placed light brown patches and white strokes on light beige background Randomly placed light brown patches and white strokes on light beige background Background color cherry-red except an over sutural cordlet and randomly placed areas which are cream-white Randomly placed light brown patches on light beige background
Subsutural ramp radial color brush strokes Present Absent Present Present Absent Present Absent Present
Size (mm) 4.85–10.35 10.30–12.50 12.30–15.00 10.60–13.00 8.10–10.90 19.10–21.10 8.90–11.00 9.30–15.55