Alia carinata

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Alia carinata
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Sixshells of Alia carinata showing variability
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Columbellidae
Subfamily: Columbellinae
Genus: Alia
Species: A. carinata
Binomial name
Alia carinata
(Hinds, 1844)

Alia carinata, common name the "carinate dove shell", is a species of very small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Columbellidae, the dove snails.[1]


This species is found in the Eastern Pacific, from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico.


The adult size of the shell of this species of dove snail can be between 6 mm and 10 mm in length.[2] The body whorl is sometimes carinate (having a pronounced keel), sometimes less so, and sometimes not at all. The shell color is quite variable; it can also be one uniform color or patterned with two shades of color.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Monsecour, K. (2012). Alia carinata (Hinds, 1844). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-11-22
  2. ^ McLean, James H., 1978 Marine Shells of Southern California, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Museum, Science Series 24, Revised Edition: p. 48