Taxon profile


Aporrhais pespelecani (C. Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Littorinimorpha »  family Aporrhaidae - Pelicans Foot »  genus Aporrhais

Scientific synonyms

Strombus pespelecani Linnaeus, 1758
Chenopus pespelecani (C. Linnaeus, 1758)
Aporrhais pespelecanis (misspelling) m
Aporrhais pespelecani var. aculeus Coen, 1933
Rostellaria aladraconis Perry, 1811
Aporrhais pespelecani var. albida Jeffreys, 1867
Aporrhais aldrovandi Capellini, 1860
Aporrhais pespelecani var. bifida Coen, 1931
Aporrhais pespelecani var. bilobata Clement, 1873
Fusus fragilis Risso, 1826


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It is a very changeable species with quite a lot of varieties. There are often anomalies and monstrosities too. On the external lip the four fingerings, changeable in length and thickness, are a characteristic of this species. Shell solid, sculpture made by flexuous axial ribs crossed by one cord originating some nodules quite clear, two cords on the last whorl originating two fingerings. Sometimes there is one third nodulous cord less broad. Surface crossed by very fine spiral little cords. Internally the fingerings are covered with one groove in their median part. Siphonal canal ends in the caudal fingering. From dirty white to brown, to reddish in colour pattern, but there can be found specimens violaceous too. The typical fingerings are missing in the yuvenile specimens but they are easily recognizable. Embryonal whorls show a smart reticulated sculpture. There were described many varieties in form and in colour pattern. It is easily recognizable from its similar one A. serresianus (Michaud, 1828) the shell of which is slighter, with five fingerings narrower and more stretched.
The adult specimens average measures are around 40-50 mm in height.
Scaperrotta, M. ,Bartolini, S. & Bogi, C., 2009. Accrescimenti, Vol. 2. Stages of growth of marine molluscs of the Mediterranean Sea. (secondary description)


It can be found all over the Mediterranean. More common in the Adriatic Sea and in the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy)
Scaperrotta, M. ,Bartolini, S. & Bogi, C., 2009. Accrescimenti, Vol. 2. Stages of growth of marine molluscs of the Mediterranean Sea. (secondary description)
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Aporrhais pespelicani (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
EN Wieneke U., Stoutjesdijk H.: Stromboidea Wiki [] [as Aporrhais pespelecani (Linnaeus, 1758)]
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Aporrhais pespelecani (LINNÉ, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013
IT Repetto G., Orlando F. & Arduino G. (2005): Conchiglie del Mediterraneo, Amici del Museo "Federico Eusebio", Alba, Italy [as Aporrhais pespelecani (Linné, 1758)]
EN Petović S., Gvozdenović S., Ikica Z. (2017): An Annotated Checklist of the Marine Molluscs of the South Adriatic Sea (Montenegro) and a Comparison with Those of Neighbouring Areas, Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 17: 921-934 [as Aporrhais pespelecani (Linnaeus, 1758)]
SP Tarruella Ruestes, A. & Fontanet Giner, M. (2001): Moluscos marinos del Golf de Sant Jordi (L'Ampolla) y del Port dels Alfacs, Spira, 1(1): 1-5 [as Aporrhais pespelecani (Linnaeus, 1758)]
SP Tarruella Ruestes, A. (2002): Moluscos marinos de Cap Ras y Llançà (Girona, NE de la península Ibérica), Spira, 1(2): 1-14 [as Aporrhais pespelecani (Linnaeus, 1758)]

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