Japonactaeon punctostriatus

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Japonactaeon punctostriatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
informal group Lower Heterobranchia
Superfamily: Acteonoidea
Family: Acteonidae
Genus: Japonactaeon
Species: J. punctostriatus
Binomial name
Japonactaeon punctostriatus
(C. B. Adams, 1840)

Actaeon punctostriatus (C. B. Adams, 1840)
Rictaxis punctostriatus (C. B. Adams, 1840)

Japonactaeon punctostriatus, common names Adam’s baby bubble and pitted baby-bubble, is a species of minute sea snail or "bubble snail", a marine gastropod mollusk or micromollusk in the family Acteonidae, the "barrel bubble" snails.[1]


This species occurs in the Western Atlantic Ocean: Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Venezuela.

Shell description[edit]

This barrel bubble snail has an ovate white shell with shouldered whorls. The body whorl has 10 -14 slightly irregular spiral grooves. The columella is twisted. The aperture is ovate and is rounded above and below.

The shell length is 3 – 7.5 mm. The maximum recorded shell length is 7.5 mm.[2]



Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 110 m.[2] This snail is found in mud or sand.

Life cycle[edit]

The eggs are laid in a spiral string, enclosed in a mucus tube.


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2011). Japonactaeon punctostriatus (C. B. Adams, 1840). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=420514 on 2011-12-14
  2. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The “Island Rule” and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

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