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A live individual of Naticarius orientalis in situ
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Naticoidea
Family: Naticidae
Genus: Naticarius
Duméril, 1806
  • Natica (Naticarius) Duméril, 1805
  • Naticus Montfort, 1810
  • Quantonatica Iredale, 1936
Fossil Naticarius millepunctatus, Nicosia Formation, Pliocene, Cyprus.

Naticarius is a genus (or subgenus) of predatory sea snails, marine gastropods in the family Naticidae, the moon snails.[1][2]

The species within this genus were previously placed in the genus Natica, subgenus Naticarius. This classification is still used by a number of leading malacologists.

The operculum in this genus is calcareous.[2]


Species within the genus Naticarius include:

Species brought into synonymy 
  • Naticarius cruentatus (Gmelin, 1791) sensu Poppe & Goto, 1991: synonym of Naticarius hebraeus (Martyn, 1786)
  • Naticarius fanel (Röding, 1798): synonym of Naticarius hebraeus (Martyn, 1786)
  • Naticarius lavendula Woolacott, 1956: synonym of Natica buriasiensis Récluz, 1844
  • Naticarius lineatus (Röding, 1798): synonym of Tanea lineata (Röding, 1798)
  • Naticarius marochiensis (Gmelin, 1791): synonym of Natica marochiensis (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Naticarius oteroi Fernandes & Rolán, 1990: synonym of Natica oteroi (Fernandes & Rolán, 1991)
  • Naticarius punctatus (Karsten, 1789): synonym of Naticarius stercusmuscarum (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Naticarius vittatus (Gmelin, 1791): synonym of Natica vittata (Gmelin, 1791)


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2011). Naticarius Duméril, 1805. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-04-17
  2. ^ a b Huelsken, T., Wägele, H., Peters, B., Mather, A., Hollmann, M. (2011) Molecular analysis of adults and egg masses reveals two independent lineages within the infaunal gastropod Naticarius onca (Röding, 1798) (Caenogastropoda: Naticidae). Molluscan Research, 31(3), 141-151. PDF