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Crassispira harpularia
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Apertural view of a shell of Crassispira harpularia
Scientific classification
  • Crassispira harpula Menke, 1853
  • Drillia harpularia Angas, 1865
  • Melatomia harpularia (Desmoulins, 1842)
  • Pleurotoma harpula Kiener, L.C., 1840
  • Pleurotoma harpularia Desmoulins, 1842
  • Pleurotoma (Crassispira) harpularia Desmoulins, 1842

Crassispira harpularia is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Pseudomelatomidae.


The shell has a chestnut- or chocolate color. The spire is more slenderly elongated. The siphonal canal is 'longer and more compressed than in Clathrodrillia solida (C. B. Adams, 1850). The revolving lines do not form granules on the ribs.


This marine species is endemic to Australia and occurs off South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

  • Des Moulins, Act. Soc. Linn. Bordeaux, xii., 1842, p. 162.
  • Angas, G.F. 1865. On the marine molluscan fauna of the Province of South Australia, with a list of all the species known up to the present time, together with remarks on their habitats and distribution, etc. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1865: 155-"180"
  • Hedley, C. 1922. A revision of the Australian Turridae. Records of the Australian Museum 13(6): 213–359, pls 42–56
  • Ludbrook, N.H. 1978. Quaternary molluscs of the western part of the Eucla Basin. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Western Australia 125: 1–286
  • Wells, F.E. 1990. Revision of the recent Australian Turridae referred to the genera Splendrillia and Austrodrillia. Journal of the Malacological Society of Australasia 11: 73–117
  • Wilson, B. 1994. Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranch Gastropods. Kallaroo, WA : Odyssey Publishing Vol. 2 370 pp.
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