Common Whelk

Linnaeus, 1758

Buccinum undatum

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Neogastropoda

Buccinidae

Buccinidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 396141

Shell Information

Length (mm): 75-118

Dextral

Chirality:

This shell has spiral ribs with axial folds. The aperture is particularly rounded with a sharp lip. It has a white to yellow coloration.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Arctic Ocean to Deleware

0 to 239 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They feed on a variety of worms and small mollusks.

Habitat:

Marine; Moderately shallow water

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Buccinum undatum Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=138878 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.

Rosenberg, G. 2009. Malacolog 4.1.1: A Database of Western Atlantic Marine Mollusca. [WWW database (version 4.1.1)] URL http://www.malacolog.org/