Thais alouina

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Thais (Mancinella) alouina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Rapaninae
Genus: Thais
Subgenus: Mancinella
Species: T. (Mancinella) alouina
Binomial name
Thais (Mancinella) alouina
(Röding, 1798)
  • Drupa glacialis Röding, P.F., 1798
  • Mancinella aculeata Link, 1807
  • Mancinella alouina (Röding, 1798)
  • Murex pyrum Dillwyn, 1817
  • Purpura gemmulata Lamarck, 1816
  • Purpura mancinella (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Thais gemmulata
  • Volema alouina Röding, 1798
  • Volema glacialis Röding, 1798

Thais (Mancinella) alouina, common name : the Alou rock shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails.[1]


The size of an adult shell varies between 30 mm and 61 mm.


This species is distributed in the Indian Ocean along Kenya, the Mascarene Basin and Tanzania; in the Indo-West Pacific.


  • Spry, J.F. (1961). The sea shells of Dar es Salaam: Gastropods. Tanganyika Notes and Records 56
  • Drivas, J. & M. Jay (1988). Coquillages de La Réunion et de l'île Maurice
  • Branch, G.M. et al. (2002). Two Oceans. 5th impression. David Philip, Cate Town & Johannesburg

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