Acanthinucella punctulata

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Acanthinucella punctulata
Acanthina punctulata.jpg
A shell of A. punctutulata with a hermit crab
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Ocenebrinae
Genus: Acanthinucella
Species: A. punctulata
Binomial name
Acanthinucella punctulata
(Sowerby G.B. I, 1835)
Synonyms[1]
  • Monoceros punctulatum Sowerby, 1835
  • Purpura lapilloides Conrad, 1837

Acanthinucella punctulata (previously known as Acanthina punctulata), common name: the spotted thorn drupe or "spotted unicorn", is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails.[1]

Description[edit]

These snails are small in size, about 2.5 cm. in length. The shell has dark spiral markings resembling wide dots or dashes.

Distribution[edit]

These snails are found on the West Coast of North America, from Monterey, California, to northern Baja California, Mexico.

Habitat[edit]

A. punctulata lives on rocky shores in the upper intertidal zone.

A pair of A. punctulata mating in a tide pool in central California

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Acanthinucella punctulata (Sowerby, 1835).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 16 February 2011.
  • McLean, James H., 1978 ‘’Marine Shells of Southern California’’, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Museum, Science Series 24, Revised Edition: 1-104

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