Architectonica perdix

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Partridge sundial
Architectonica perdix 01.JPG
A shell of Architectonica perdix
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
informal group Lower Heterobranchia
Superfamily: Architectonicoidea
Family: Architectonicidae
Genus: Architectonica
Species: A. perdix
Binomial name
Architectonica perdix
(Hinds, 1844)
  • Solarium dunkeri Hanley, 1862
  • Solarium perdix Hinds, 1844

Architectonica perdix, common name the partridge sundial, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Architectonicidae, the sundials.


Architectonica perdix has a shell that reaches 65–83 mm in maximum dimension. This shell is low-spired and quite flattened, with a beaded surface. It has seven flatly convex whorls and the base of shell is slight convex in the centre. The sutures are finely incised. The basic shell color is cream, with brown spots.


This species can be found in Madagascar, Tanzania, southeastern India, Sri Lanka, northern China, Australia and the central Pacific Ocean area.


Architectonica perdix lives on sandy bottoms, at depths of 10–60 m.