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Cominella maculosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
(unranked):
clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily:
Muricoidea
Family:
Subfamily:
Tribe:
Cominellini
Genus:
Cominella
Species:
C. maculosa
Binomial name
Cominella maculosa
(Martyn, 1784)
Synonyms
  • Buccinum maculosum Martyn, 1784
  • Buccinum testudineum Bruguière, 1789 (original combination)
  • Cominella (Cominella) maculosa'' (Martyn, 1784) · accepted, alternate representation
  • Cominella testudinea (Bruguière, 1789)

Cominella maculosa, common name the spotted whelk, is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Buccinidae, the true whelks.

Description

The length of the shell varies between 30 mm and 45 mm.

The ovate, conical shell has a bluish ash color, traversed by distant lines, articulated and generally formed by oblong black points. The spots upon the upper whorls are larger, flamed, more or less numerous. The spire is composed of seven whorls. They are slightly convex, and united by a pretty fine and regular linear suture. The aperture is oblong ovate, slightly longitudinal, smooth and of a chamois-yellow color. The outer lip is thin and sharp.

Distribution

This marine species is endemic to New Zealand and is found off the North Island, the north part of the South Island and the Chatham Islands.

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