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Pelicaria vermis
Struthiolaria vermis vermis (small ostrich foot).JPG
Dorsal view of a shell of Pelicaria vermis
Scientific classification
clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
P. vermis
Binomial name
Pelicaria vermis
(Martyn, 1784)
  • Buccinum vermis Martyn, 1784 (basionym)
  • Murex australis Gmelin, 1791
  • Pelicaria mangaoparia Vella, 1953
  • Pelicaria rotunda Vella, 1953
  • Struthiolaria acuminata Marwick, 1924
  • Struthiolaria convexa Marwick, 1924
  • Struthiolaria crenulata Lamarck, 1822
  • Struthiolaria fossa Marwick, 1924
  • Struthiolaria inermis G.B. Sowerby I, 1821
  • Struthiolaria media Marwick, 1924
  • Struthiolaria tricarinata Lesson, 1841
  • Struthiolaria vermis (Martyn, 1784)
  • Struthiolaria vermis bradleyi Neef, 1970
  • Struthiolaria vermis flemingi Neef, 1970
  • Struthiolaria vermis grahami Neef, 1970
  • Struthiolaria vermis powelli Neef, 1970
  • Struthiolaria vermis vellai Neef, 1970
  • Struthiolaria vermis wellmani Neef, 1970

Pelicaria vermis, known as the small ostrich foot shell or takai in Māori, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Struthiolariidae. It is the only extant species in the genus.

Distribution & Habitat

This species is endemic to the North Island of New Zealand, where it lives just beneath the surface on tidal flats and off sandy beaches, occasionally to depths of 90m.

Struthiolaria vermis vermis (small ostrich foot) (base)
Shell of Pelicaria vermis, apertural view


The shell height is up to 54 mm, and width up to 35 mm, colouring usually yellow brown, rarely plain yellow or purple.

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