The name Aesopus metcalfei ( = Terebra metcalfei Reeve, 1860) appears to be used for A. obesus (Hinds, 1844), a West Indian columbellid. Apart from being a junior synonym, no type material could be traced, which leaves the interpretation open to doubt.

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M.J. Faber. (1990). Studies on West Indian marine molluscs 17. Aesopus obesus (Hinds), the correct name for “A. metcalfei (Reeve)” auctt. (Gastropoda Prosobranchia: Columbellidae). Basteria, 54(1/3), 2–2.