Astele ciliaris

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Astele ciliaris
Astele ciliaris 001.jpg
Drawing with two views of a shell of Astele ciliaris
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Calliostomatidae
Genus: Astele
Species: A. ciliaris
Binomial name
Astele ciliaris
(Menke, 1843) [1]
  • Astele ciliare sic (incorrect gender ending)
  • Calliostoma calliope Cotton & Godfrey, 1938
  • Trochus ciliaris Menke, 1843

Astele ciliaris, common name the keeled Australian top shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Calliostomatidae.[2]


Additional information regarding this species:[2]

  • Taxonomic remark: Some authors place this taxon in the subgenus Astele (Astele)


The size of the shell varies between 25 mm and 40 mm. The imperforate shell has a pyramidal shape. It is fulvous, with red spots along the suture. It is transversely striate, decussated by very delicate striae. The base of the shell is plane. The flat whorls are margined below and ciliate-fimbriate above. The aperture ovate-lanceolate. The outer lip is callous-margined inside.[3]


This marine species occurs off Western Australia.


  1. ^ Menke., Moll. Nov. Holl. spec, p. 17.
  2. ^ a b c Rosenberg, G. (2012). Astele ciliaris (Menke, 1843). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-12-07
  3. ^ Tryon (1889), Manual of Conchology XI, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

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