Taxon profile


Aporrhais serresianus (Michaud, 1828)

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

Scientific synonyms

Aporrhais serresiana (Michaud, 1828)
Aporrhais macandreae Jeffreys, 1867
Aporrhais michaudi Locard, 1891
Aporrhais pescarbonis (Brongniart, 1823) sensu Forbes & Hanley, 1853
Aporrhais sarsii Kobelt, 1908


Aporrhais serresianus

Author: Jiří Novák

Aporrhais serresianus

Author: Jiří Novák

Aporrhais serresianus

Author: Jan Delsing

Aporrhais serresianus

Author: Jan Delsing

Taxon in country check-lists*

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Shell medium sized, up to 50 mm (if the first digit is included up to 58 mm) with a high spire. There are 10 to 12 whorls, the first 8 whorls rounded, the last three subangled. The whorls have numerous fine growthlines. On the fifth whorl there appear fine longitudinal costae. gradually changing into rounded, elongated knobs, which form a cord on the shoulder of the bodywhorl. On the penultimate whorl there are approximately 18 knobs. Below the shoulder cord there are two more distinct cords, also with rounded, slightly elongated knobs. The outer lip has four digits, which are broad at their base. The first digit runs more-or-less parallel to the spire, and reaches beyond it. The second digit (the longest one) is the continuation of the shouldercord and the third and fourth digit are the continuations of the other cords. The rostrum is long (nearly spire height). The colour is whitish. The animal is described by Yonge (1937), thus: "...the tissues are white and translucent except for the head and proboscis. The former possesses a triangular patch of red on the dorsal surface, while the latter is specled with scarlet along the dorsal surface, with a white line, widening near the lip, running along the middle line. The tentacles are translucent with an opaque white band running along the upper side."
Kronenberg, G.C., 1992. The recent species of the family Aporrhaidae (Gastropoda Prosobranchia)

Interchangeable taxa

There appears to be a lot of confusion about the status of a name introduced by Brongniart in 1823. pescarbonis. Originally described as a fossil of the Miocene of Bordeaux and Antwerp, various authors have put this species in the synonymy of A. serresiana. Unfortunately the present author has not seen Brongniart's types of pescarbonis.
Kronenberg, G.C., 1992. The recent species of the family Aporrhaidae (Gastropoda Prosobranchia)


Eastern Atlantic, from Norway to Morocco, including the Mediterranean and the western part from the Black Sea. The species lives at depths from 75 to 2300 metres (and probably deeper).
Kronenberg, G.C., 1992. The recent species of the family Aporrhaidae (Gastropoda Prosobranchia)
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Aporrhais serresianus Michaud, 1828]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
EN Wieneke U., Stoutjesdijk H.: Stromboidea Wiki [] [as Aporrhais serresiana (Michaud, 1828)]
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as "Aporrhais serreseanus" = Aporrhais serresianus (MICHAUD, 1828)]
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 serresianus (Michaud, 1828)]

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