Cymbiola imperialis

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Cymbiola imperialis
Cymbiola imperialis 01.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Volutidae
Subfamily: Amoriinae
Genus: Cymbiola
Subgenus: Cymbiola
Species: C. imperialis
Binomial name
Cymbiola imperialis
(Lightfoot, 1786)
  • Aulica imperialis (Lightfoot, 1786)
  • Voluta imperialis Lightfoot, 1786

Cymbiola imperialis, the imperial volute, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk of the genus Cymbiola in the family Volutidae, the volutes.[1][2][3]

Shell of C. imperialis


  • C. imperialis robinsona Burch, 1954 (Robinson's volute, southern Philippines)[4]


Shells of Cymbiola imperialis can reach a size of 70–250 millimetres (2.8–9.8 in).[5] These large and glossy shells are elongate and fusiform, light to heavy in weight. The basic color is whitish. The spire is high, with canaliculate sutures, strong red-brown axial ribs and narrow red-brown spiral lines. The aperture is whitish, elongate-ovate, with the outer lip showing many black denticles. The operculum is dark brown, thick and small.[6]


This species can be found in the Philippines, Sulu Sea.[2][5][7]



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