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Temporal range: Eocene - Recent
Natica crassa 01.JPG
Several views of a shell of Natica arachnoidea
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A shell of Natica limbata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Naticoidea
Family: Naticidae
Genus: Natica
Scopoli, 1777
Type species
Natica vitellus vitellus Linnaeus, C., 1758
  • Albula Röding, 1798 (Invalid: junior homonym of Albula Osbeck, 1762 [Pisces])
  • Cochlis Röding, 1798
  • Glyphepithema Rehder, 1943
  • Nacca Risso, 1826
  • Natica (Nacca) Risso, 1826
  • Natica (Natica) Scopoli, 1777 · accepted, alternate representation

Natica is a genus of small to medium-sized predatory sea snails, marine gastropods in the family Naticidae, the moon snails.[1]

The genus is known from the Eocene to the Recent periods (age range: 37.2 to 0.012 million years ago).[2][3]


The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) includes the following species with accepted names in the genus Natica [4]


50 second video of snails (most likely Natica chemnitzi and Cerithium stercusmuscaram) feeding on the sea floor in the Gulf of California, Puerto Peñasco, Mexico


  1. ^ a b Gofas, S. (2011). Natica Scopoli, 1777. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 14 April 2011
  2. ^ (in Czech) Pek I., Vašíček Z., Roček Z., Hajn. V. & Mikuláš R.: Základy zoopaleontologie. - Olomouc, 1996. 264 pp., ISBN 80-7067-599-3.
  3. ^ Fossilworks
  4. ^ WoRMS : Natica
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp
  • 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
  • Rolán E., 2005. Malacological Fauna From The Cape Verde Archipelago. Part 1, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda

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