Golden volute

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Golden volute
Iredalina mirabilis.JPG
Golden volute, Iredalina mirabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Volutidae
Genus: Iredalina
Finlay, 1926
Species: I. mirabilis
Binomial name
Iredalina mirabilis
Finlay, 1926
Synonyms

Iredalina aurantia Powell, 1954

The golden volute, Iredalina mirabilis, is a species of rare, large, deepwater sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Volutidae, the volutes.

This is the only species in the genus; in other words, Iredalina is a monotypic genus.

Distribution[edit]

This species is endemic to New Zealand. It is found off the east coast.

Habitat[edit]

This volute lives at depths of between 180 and 700 m, although empty shells are sometimes found in shallower water, presumably carried there by hermit crabs.

Shell description[edit]

This rare shell is highly prized by collectors.

The shell height is up to 140 mm, and the width up to 48 mm.

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