Ergalatax contracta

Ergalatax contracta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Ergalataxinae
Genus: Ergalatax
Species: E. contracta
Binomial name
Ergalatax contracta
(Reeve, 1846)
  • Buccinum contractum Reeve, 1846
  • Buccinum funiculatum Reeve, L.A., 1846
  • Cronia martensi Dall, 1923
  • Ergalatax pauper Watson, R.B., 1886
  • Ergalatax recurrens Iredale, T., 1931
  • Morula ocellata (Reeve, 1846)
  • Murex calcarius Dunker, 1860
  • Ocenebra contracta (Reeve, 1846)
  • Ocinebra pilsbryana Baker, 1891
  • Pentadactylus ceylonicum Preston, 1909
  • Ricinula ocellata Reeve, 1846
  • Ricinula siderea Martens, E.C. von, 1874
  • Urosalpinx bandana Schepman, 1911
  • Urosalpinx innotabilis E. A. Smith, 1879
  • Urosalpinx smithi Schepman, 1911

Ergalatax contracta, common name : the Contracted Rock Shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails.[1]



The shell size varies between 20 mm and 45 mm


This species is distributed in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, in the Indian Ocean along Madagascar and as a non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean Sea; in the Pacific Ocean along the Philippines, the Sulu Archipelago, Australia (the Torres Strait), Hawaii and Tonga.


  1. ^ a b Ergalatax contracta (Reeve, 1846).  Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2 December 2010.
  • Dautzenberg, Ph. (1929). Mollusques testaces marins de Madagascar. Faune des Colonies Francaises, Tome III
  • Vine, P. (1986). Red Sea Invertebrates. Immel Publishing, London. 224 pp
  • Streftaris, N.; Zenetos, A.; Papathanassiou, E. (2005). Globalisation in marine ecosystems: the story of non-indigenous marine species across European seas. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 43: 419-453

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