Channeled Whelk

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Busycotypus canaliculatus

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Neogastropoda

Buccinidae

Buccinidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 201

Dextral

Chirality:

It has a large pear-shaped dextral shell. Each coil is smooth with a deep groove along the spiral.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Massachusetts to Florida. They have also been introduced to parts of California.

0 to 40 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They feed on a variety of bivalves,

Habitat:

Marine; -

Misc. Facts

It is the official state shell of Delaware.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase.Busycotypus canaliculatus(Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=160192 on 2021-06-10

Morris, P. A. (1987). A field guide to shells: Atlantic and Gulf coasts and the West Indies (3rd ed.). Houghton Mifflin.

Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (214). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. https://doi.org/1.116/j.ecoinf.214.8.5.