Knobbed Whelk

(Gmelin, 1791)

Busycon carica

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Neogastropoda

Buccinidae

Buccinidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 180

Dextral

Chirality:

It has a large shell with distinct knobs sticking out from each shell coil.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Massachusetts to Florida

0 to 70 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They feed on a variety of bivalves including oysters.

Habitat:

Marine; Shallow to moderately shallow water including oyster reefs and clam beds.

Misc. Facts

It is the official state shell of New Jersey and Georgia.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Busycon carica (Gmelin, 1791). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=160185 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.