|A live individual of Tegula funebralis in Santa Cruz, California|
|Five views of a shell of Tegula funebralis|
(A. Adams, 1855) 
This Eastern Pacific Ocean species was previously known as Chlorostoma funebralis.
The species is found off the Pacific coast of North America from Vancouver Island to the central part of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It is of the most abundant mollusks of the Mexican coast
Most adult individuals of this species have shells which are 20 to 50 mm (or about an inch, to an inch and three quarters) in diameter.
This species is similar to Tegula gallina in form and characters of the aperture. It is lusterless, purple or black. The apex is usually eroded, and orange-colored. The teeth of the columella are white, and there is never a yellowish streak at the base. The whorls are spirally lirate, sometimes smooth except on the base, sometimes strongly lirate above. The suture is margined below by an impressed line, and by elevated, foliaceous incremental lamellae. This last feature may almost always be detected, although sometimes but very slightly developed. The foliated subsutural margin is characteristic, also, though not always developed.
In 1971, a new sense organ was discovered in this marine snail. Chemoreceptor organs were found near the base on the border of the leaflets of the ctenidium (comb-like respiratory gills), one on each leaflet. They form a light swelling near the base of the leaflet with a pocket lying within the swelling. Together they are termed a "bursicle".
When fleeing a predator on a sloping substrate, the snail may simply detach itself and thus it will roll or drop away.
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