Margarella violacea

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Margarella violacea
Margarella violacea 001.jpg
Six live-collected shells of Margarella violacea with each operculum held in place with glue and cotton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Calliostomatidae
Genus: Margarella
Species: M. violacea
Binomial name
Margarella violacea
(King & Broderip, 1832)
  • Margarita magellanica Hombron & Jacquinot, 1848
  • Margarita persica Gould, A.A., 1852
  • Margarites violacea (King & Broderip, 1832)
  • Photinula almyris Rochebrune, A.-T. de & J. Mabille, 1885
  • Photinula depressa Preston, 1913
  • Photinula halmyris Rochebrune, A.-T. de & J. Mabille, 1891
  • Photinula solidula Cooper & Preston, 1910
  • Photinula violacea King & Broderip, 1832 (original description)
  • Trochus violacea (King & Broderip, 1832)

Margarella violacea is a species of small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Calliostomatidae, the top snails.[1]


The size of an adult shell varies between 7 mm and 13.5 mm. The purplish-pink shell is imperforate, orbicular-conical, thin and smooth. There are four swollen whorls.The suture is scarcely impressed. The rounded-quadrangular aperture is angular above, and subangular at the base of slightly thickened and arcuate columella. The umbilico-columellar tract is excavated.[2]


This species occurs in the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Argentina and the Falkland Islands, i.e. in the Magellanic Region.


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2010). Margarella violacea (King & Broderip, 1832) . Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-07-04
  2. ^ George Washington Tryon, Structural and systematic conchology: an introduction to the study of the Mollusca, p. 279; 1882
  • King, P. P. and W. J. Broderip. 1832. Description of the Cirrhipeda, Conchifera and Mollusca, in a collection formed by the officers of H.M.S. Adventure and Beagle employed between the years 1826 and 1830 in surveying the southern coasts of South America. Zoological Journal 5: 332-349.
  • Hombron, J. B. and H. Jacquinot. 1848. Voyage au Pôle Sud et dans l'Océanie. Zoologie, Mollusques pls. 9, 11-12, 14, 16-17, 19, 21-25. Gide et J. Baudry: Paris.
  • Gould, A. A. 1852. Mollusca & Shells. United States Exploring Expedition 12: xv + 510 pp. Gould & Lincoln: Boston.
  • Rochebrune, A.-T. and J. Mabille. 1885. Diagnoses de mollusques nouveaux, recueillis par les membres de la mission du Cap Horn et M. Lebrun, Préparateur au Muséum, chargé d'une mission à Santa-Cruz de Patagonie. Bulletin de la Société Philomathique de Paris (7)9: 100-111
  • Cooper, J. E. and H. B. Preston. 1910. Diagnoses of new species of marine and freshwater shells from the Falkland Islands, including descriptions of two new genera of marine Pelecypoda. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8)5: 110-114, pl. 4.
  • Preston, H. B. 1913. Descriptions of fifteen new species and varieties of marine shells from the Falkland Islands. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8)11: 218-223, pl. 4.

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