Cinctura lilium

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Cinctura lilium
Banded Tulip 3.jpg
Abapertural view of a shell of Cinctura lilium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Fasciolariidae
Genus: Cinctura
Species: C. lilium
Binomial name
Cinctura lilium
(Fisher von Waldheim, 1807)
  • Fasciolaria distans Lamarck, 1822
  • Fasciolaria lilium Fischer von Waldheim, 1807

Cinctura lilium, common name the Banded Tulip, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Fasciolariidae, the spindle snails, the tulip snails and their allies.[1]

Shell description[edit]

The banded tulip shell does not grow as large as that of the true tulip, Fasciolaria tulipa. Also the color pattern is different: the color splotches appear as a redder color (blue in rare areas) and the stripes that give the banded tulip its name are much farther apart.

The shell grows to be 2 ¼ - 4 1/8 inches (5.7-10.5 cm) in length.


This species occurs off the coast of South Carolina and in the Gulf of Mexico from the Florida coast to the Gulf coast of Texas, and south into Mexico; in the Caribbean Sea


C. lilium is found on sand or muddy sand from 2 to 150 feet depth.

Feeding habits[edit]

Little is known about the banded tulip’s diet, but it is assumed that it is similar to that of the true tulip: small gastropods and bivalves.


  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Cinctura lilium (Fischer von Waldheim, 1807). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-08-23

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