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

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.


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


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.