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Temporal range: Cretaceous–Recent
Natica crassa 01.JPG
Several views of a shell of Natica arachnoidea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Naticoidea
Family: Naticidae
Genus: Natica
Scopoli, 1777
Type species
Natica vitellus vitellus Linnaeus, C., 1758
  • Albula Röding, 1798 (Invalid: junior homonym of Albula Osbeck, 1762 [Pisces])
  • Cochlis Röding, 1798
  • Glyphepithema Rehder, 1943
  • Nacca Risso, 1826
  • Natica (Nacca) Risso, 1826
  • Natica (Natica) Scopoli, 1777 · accepted, alternate representation

Natica is a genus of small to medium-sized predatory sea snails, marine gastropods in the family Naticidae, the moon snails.[1]

The genus is known from the Cretaceous to the Recent periods.[2]


50 second video of snails (most likely Natica chemnitzi and Cerithium stercusmuscaram) feeding on the sea floor in the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) includes the following species with accepted names in the genus Natica [3]

A shell of Natica limbata



  1. ^ a b Gofas, S. (2011). Natica Scopoli, 1777. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 14 April 2011
  2. ^ (in Czech) Pek I., Vašíček Z., Roček Z., Hajn. V. & Mikuláš R.: Základy zoopaleontologie. - Olomouc, 1996. 264 pp., ISBN 80-7067-599-3.
  3. ^ WoRMS : Natica
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp
  • Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180–213
  • Rolán E., 2005. Malacological Fauna From The Cape Verde Archipelago. Part 1, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda

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