Eulimella acicula

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Eulimella acicula
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Drawing of a shell of Eulimella acicula
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Heterobranchia
Clade: Euthyneura
Order: Panpulmonata
Family: Pyramidellidae
Genus: Eulimella
Species: E. acicula
Binomial name
Eulimella acicula
(Philippi, 1836)
  • Eulima subcylindrata Dunker in Weinkauff, 1862
  • Eulimella acicula var. intersecta de Folin, 1873
  • Eulimella aciculata Locard, 1886
  • Eulimella commutata Monterosato, 1884 (unnecessary replacement name for Melania acicula Philippi, 1836, non Auricula acicula Lamarck, 1815)
  • Eulimella compactilis (Jeffreys, 1867)
  • Eulimella curtata Coen, 1933
  • Eulimella flagellum Coen, 1933
  • Eulimella laevis (Brown, 1827)
  • Eulimella schlumbergeri continentalis Nordsieck, 1972
  • Eulimella subcylindrica Dunker in Weinkauff, 1862
  • Melania acicula Philippi, 1836
  • Odostomia scillae var. compactilis Jeffreys, 1867
  • Pyramis laevis Brown, 1827 (dubious synonym)

Eulimella acicula is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Pyramidellidae, the pyrams and their allies.[1][3][4]


The shell is rather thin, semitransparent, polished, glassy white in live, milk-white in dead specimens. Its length measures 4.3 mm. The teleoconch contains 8-9 narrow whorls, These are flattened with their periphery scarcely angulated.[5]


This species is common in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea. It occurs in the following locations:[1] at depths between 99 m and 550 m [2]

  • Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone
  • European waters (ERMS scope)
  • Irish Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zóne
  • North West Coast of Apulea
  • Spanish Exclusive Economic Zone
  • United Kingdom Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Greek Exclusive Economic Zone
  • the Canary Islands


Additional information regarding this species:[1]

  • Synonymy: Synonymised with Eulimella laevis (Brown, 1827) [6]
  • Monterosato had changed the name to Eulimella. commutata on account of Auricula acicula, Lam., a fossil species which is a very doubtful Eulimella.

The species Eulimella commutata Monterosato, 1884 is now considered by van Aartsen a synonym of Eulimella acicula [2]


  1. ^ a b c d Gofas, S. (2011). Eulimella acicula (Philippi, 1836). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-10-26
  2. ^ a b c J.J. van Aartsen, E. Gittenberger & J. Goud, Pyramidellidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia) collected during the Dutch CANCAP and MAURITANIA expeditions in the south-eastern part of the North Atlantic Ocean (part 2)
  3. ^ Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213
  4. ^ Peñas A. & Rolán E. (1997) La familia Pyramidellidae Gray, 1840 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterostropha) en Africa occidental. 2. Los géneros Turbonilla y Eulimella. Iberus suplemento 3: 1-105. [5 June 1997]
  5. ^ G.W. Tryon, Manual of Conchology vol. VIII p. 340; 1889
  6. ^ Backeljau, T. (1986). Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België [List of the recent marine molluscs of Belgium]. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp.
  • Ziegelmeier, E. (1966). Die Schnecken (Gastropoda Prosobranchia) der deutsche Meeresgebiete und brackigen Küstengewässer [The Gastropoda Prosobranchia from the German seas and brackish coastal waters]. Helgol. Wiss. Meeresunters. 13: 1-66
  • Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca. in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels. 50: pp. 180–213.

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