Alcithoe calva

Alcithoe calva

name = "Alcithoe calva"

image_caption =
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Mollusca
classis = Gastropoda
ordo = Sorbeoconcha
familia = Volutidae
genus = "Alcithoe"
species = "A. calva"
binomial = "Alcithoe calva"
binomial_authority = Powell, 1928

"Alcithoe calva" is a large deepwater sea snail, a marine prosobranch gastropod mollusc in the family Volutidae, the volutes.


This species is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand at depths of between 70 and 110 m.

hell description

The shell of this species is similar to that of "Alcithoe swainsoni" but with a tall narrow spire, a long narrow aperture, and no columellar callus plate.

The shell coloration is yellowish-brown with very faint brownish zigzag markings.

The shell height is up to 177 mm, and the width is up to 64 mm.


* Powell A W B, "New Zealand Mollusca", William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
* Glen Pownall, "New Zealand Shells and Shellfish", Seven Seas Publishing Pty Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 85467 054 8

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