Acanthinucella spirata

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Acanthinucella spirata
A live Acanthinucella spirata
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda
Order: Neogastropoda
Family: Muricidae
Genus: Acanthinucella
A. spirata
Binomial name
Acanthinucella spirata
(Blainville, 1832)

Monoceros unicarinata Sowerby, 1835
Purpura brevidens Conrad, 1837
Purpura engonata Conrad, 1837
Purpura lapilloides var. aurantia Dall, 1908
Purpura spirata Blainville, 1832

Acanthinucella spirata is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails.[1]


A. spirata occurs on the West Coast aka the Pacific Ocean coast of North America.


Human use[edit]

This species is known to have been exploited by some Native Americans such as the Chumash of Central California approximately 1000 to 1200 AD.[2]


  1. ^ a b Acanthinucella spirata (Blainville, 1832). Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 24 April 2010.
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Los Osos Back Bay, Megalithic Portal, editor A. Burnham (2008) [1]

External links[edit]

  • Flagor, Torre E.; Bourdeau, Paul E. (12 September 2018). "First record of the predatory snail Acanthinucella spirata (Blainville, 1832) north of its known range". Marine Biodiversity Records. 11 (1): 19. Bibcode:2018MBdR...11...19F. doi:10.1186/s41200-018-0156-z. ISSN 1755-2672.