Curtitoma ovalis

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Curtitoma ovalis
Curtitoma ovalis 001.jpg
Image of a shell of Curtitoma ovalis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Mangeliidae
Genus: Curtitoma
Species: C. ovalis
Binomial name
Curtitoma ovalis
(Friele, 1877)
  • Bela pygmaea Verrill, 1882
  • Bela pygmaea var. attenuata Locard, 1897
  • Oenopota ovalis (Friele, 1877)
  • Pleurotoma exigua Jeffreys, 1883
  • Pleurotoma (Bela) ovalis Friele, 1877 (original combination)
  • Propebela pygmaea (A. E. Verrill, 1882)

Curtitoma ovalis is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mangeliidae.[1]


The length of the shell varies between 4.8 mm and 5.5 mm.

The very small shell has a fusiform or subovate shape. with four of five convex whorls, a very short spire, and a large body whorl. The sculpture is very finely cancellated or reticulated. The whorls are usually rather evenly rounded, moderately convex, but often have a very slightly marked, rounded shoulder. The suture is somewhat impressed, rather oblique. The protoconch is relatively not small, with the apex not prominent, so that it appears to be obtuse, or rounded, smooth, and glassy. The whole surface below the protoconch is covered by fine, raised, revolving cinguli, separated by slight grooves of about the same width, and by equally fine, slightly sinuous, transverse riblets, coincident with the lines of growth, and receding in a distinct curve on the subsutural band. The crossing of these two sets of lines produces a finely cancellated sculpture over the whole surface, but the transverse lines are usually more evident on the convexity of the whorls, while the spiral lines are more conspicuous anteriorly, and on the siphon. The aperture is relatively large, oblong-elliptical, slightly obtusely angled posteriorly. The sinus is shallow, but distinct, evenly concave. The outer lip is elsewhere evenly convex. The siphonal canal is short and broad, not constricted at the base by any incurvature of the outer lip. The columella is strongly concave or excavated, in the middle, sigmoid anteriorly. The color of shell is pale greenish white, covered by a thin epidermis of similar color. [2] The operculum ear is shaped with a central ridge.


This species occurs in the bathyal and abyssal parts of the Arctic Ocean, Northwest Atlantic Ocean and off Iceland and Portugal


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