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Tulip shell, Fasciolaria
Fasciolaria tulipa.png
Apertural view of the shell of a Fasciolaria tulipa.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda

Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Fasciolariidae
Subfamily: Fasciolariinae
Genus: Fasciolaria
Lamarck, 1799[1]
Type species
Murex tulipa, Linnaeus, 1758
  • Cinctura Hollister, 1957 (synonym or subgenus of Fasciolaria.)
  • Iaeranea Rafinesque, 1815
  • Tarantinaea Monterosato, 1917

Tulip snail, or Tulip shell is the common name for two or three species of large, predatory, subtropical and tropical sea snails from the Western Atlantic. These species are in the genus Fasciolaria. They are marine gastropod mollusks in the family Fasciolariidae, the spindle shells, tulip shells and their allies.

The word "tulip" describes the overall shape of the shells of these species, which is like that of a closed tulip flower.


According to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the following species with a valid name are included within the genus Fasciolaria : [2]

Species brought into synonymy


  1. ^ Lamarck J. B. (1799). Mém. Soc. H. N. Paris: 73.
  2. ^ WoRMS: Fasciolaria; accessed 7 April 2012
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashells
  • Malacolog info on Fasciolaria at: [3]
  • Snyder M.A., Vermeij G.J. & Lyons W.G. (2012) The genera and biogeography of Fasciolariinae (Gastropoda, Neogastropoda, Fasciolariidae). Basteria 76(1-3): 31-70.

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