Clea (gastropod)

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Antentome Helena2.jpg
A live individual of Clea helena
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A live individual of Clea helena
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda

Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Buccinidae
Genus: Clea
A. Adams, 1855[1]
  • Anentome Cossmann, 1901
  • Canidia H. Adams, 1862 (invalid: junior homonym of Canidia J. Thomson, 1857 [Coleoptera]; Anentome is a replacement name)
  • Quadrasia Crosse, 1886

Clea is a genus of freshwater snails with opercula, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Buccinidae, the true whelks, a large family, almost all of the rest of which are marine.[2][3]


Species within the genus Clea include:[4]


This genus occurs in Asia and Africa.[5]

Feeding habits[edit]

Like all snails in the clade Neogastropoda, snails in this genus are carnivorous.[3]


  1. ^ Adams A. (1855); Description of two new genera and several new species of Mollusca, from the collection of Hugh Cuming, Esq. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 23: 119-124
  2. ^ Bouchet, P.; Fraussen, K. (2013). "Clea – H. Adams & A. Adams, 1855". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Monks, Neale (2009). "Assassin Snails and Sulawesi Elephant Snails: Keeping Clea and Tylomelania in the aquarium". Conscientious Aquarist Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2014. Clea are whelks, most of which live in the sea. Like their marine relatives, Clea are opportunistic carnivores that feed on both live prey and carrion. Among the prey taken are snails, and it is this that has made them popular with fishkeepers. Clea stay partially hidden under the sediment, and if a snail slides past, then quickly (by snail standards) jump into action, chasing their prey and eventually subduing it. 
  4. ^ Roskov, Y.; Kunze, T.; Orrell, T.; Abucay, L.; Paglinawan, L.; Culham, A.; Bailly, N.; Kirk, P.; Bourgoin, T.; Baillargeon, G.; Decock, W.; De Wever, A.; Didžiulis, V., eds. (26 February 2014). "Search all names – Results for Clea". Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Monks, Neale. "Clea helena, formerly known as Anentome helena". Retrieved 4 March 2014.