Clea scalarina

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Clea scalarina
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
C. scalarina
Binomial name
Clea scalarina
(Deshayes in Deshayes & Jullien, 1876)

Canidia scalarina Deshayes, 1874

Clea scalarina[1] is a Southeast Asian species of freshwater snail with an operculum, an aquatic gastropod mollusk in the family Buccinidae, the true whelks, most of which are marine.[2][3]


This species occurs in the Mekong River in the Khong District, Champasak Province in southern Laos, and in Mekong in the Ban Dan District and Ubon Ratchathani Province in eastern Thailand.[4]

Feeding habits[edit]

Like all snails in the clade Neogastropoda, this species is carnivorous. It feeds on different types of worms and gastropods, often eating other, larger snails after burying themselves and ambushing their prey.[3]


Clea scalarina consists of defined male and female genders, and is not capable of gender change. It is unknown as to how to sex these animals. Both males and females seem to be the same size and shape. When a male and female mate, they lock together for 8–12 hours.


  1. ^ "Clea scalarina". Catalogue of Life. ITIS. Species 2000.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P.; Fraussen, K. (2013). "Clea – H. Adams & A. Adams, 1855". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved March 4, 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.
  4. ^ "Map of Clea scalarina". Discover Life. National Biological Information Infrastructure. Retrieved March 8, 2014.