Thais virgata

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Thais (Thalessa) virgata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Rapaninae
Genus: Thais
Subgenus: Thalessa
Species: T. virgata
Binomial name
Thais (Thalessa) virgata
(Dillwyn, 1817)

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


The shell size varies between 25 mm and 60 mm


This species is distributed in the Red Sea, in the Indian Ocean along Madagascar and in the Indo-Pacific.


  1. ^ a b Thais (Thalessa) virgata (Dillwyn, 1817).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 January 2011.
  • Dautzenberg, P. (1923). Liste preliminaire des mollusques marins de Madagascar et description de deux especes nouvelles. Journal de Conchyliologie 68: 21-74
  • Dautzenberg, Ph. (1929). Mollusques testaces marins de Madagascar. Faune des Colonies Francaises, Tome III
  • Vine, P. (1986). Red Sea Invertebrates. Immel Publishing, London. 224 pp

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