Taxon profile


Clanculus Montfort, 1810

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  family Trochidae - top-shells »  tribus Trochini

Scientific synonyms

incl. Clanculopsis T.A. de M. Monterosato, 1888, Clanculus Montfort, 1810, Paraclanculus Finlay, 1926
Euclanculus Cotton & Godfrey, 1934
Euriclanculus Cotton & Godfrey, 1934
Fragella Swainson, 1840
Isoclanculus Cotton & Godfrey, 1934
Macroclanculus Cotton & Godfrey, 1934
Mesoclanculus Iredale, 1924
Microclanculus Cotton & Godfrey, 1934


The shell is of medium size, turbiniform and with whorls and base slightly convex. The surface is granulose. The parietal lip is crenulated and curved, delimiting a false umbilicus. The columella presents a very evident tooth, simple or complex.
The animal has a well-developed epipodium. The cervical lobes can have the margins finely crenulate, being usually similar on both sides, rarely asymmetrical. The cephalic lappets are large. Four pairs of epipodial tentacles.
The species living in the Mediterranean and West Africa have radular characters similar to other Trochidae of the subfamily Trochinae, tribe Margaritini subgenus Valvatella, and tribe Cantharidini. Their radular formula is: n-5-1-5-n. The rachidian tooth has a very wide base which narrows to a cusp, and presents two basic forms: triangular and ovoid; its cusp is M-shaped, sharp or rounded anteriorly and has 3-5 sharp denticles on either side of the base. Lateral teeth are similar to the rachidian in size and shape; the outermost lateral is a little narrower and stronger. Marginal teeth elongate and curved forming a hook-like angle at the beginning of the cusp.
Rubio, F. & Rolán, E., 2002. Revision of the Genus Clanculus (Gastropoda: Trochidae) in the Eastern Atlantic.


Subgenus 1 : Clanculus s.s.
The species included in this subgenus have the aperture with very well developed teeth; the basal tooth of the columella is complex, sculptured with two or more folds; on the inside of the outer lip, there are internal teeth extending into spiral lirae; the upper tooth is sometimes fused with the closer one, forming a large anal tooth.
Subgenus 2 : Clanculiopsis
The species of this subgenus have the apertural teeth weakly developed; the columella presents several simple small teeth, a little larger and more prominent than those at the base; anal tooth absent, because the top ridge inside the outer lip is neither enlarged nor fused with the next one.
Rubio, F. & Rolán, E., 2002. Revision of the Genus Clanculus (Gastropoda: Trochidae) in the Eastern Atlantic.
Author: Jan Delsing

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U  V  W  All

Included taxa

Number of records: 91

species Clanculus alarconi H.A. Rehder, 1980
species Clanculus albanyensis Jansen, 1995
species Clanculus albinus Adams, 1853

Clanculus albinus

species Clanculus albugo (Watson, 1880)
species Clanculus aloysii Tenison-Woods, 1876 - Saint Aloysius' Top-shell

Clanculus aloysii - Saint Aloysius' Top-shell

species Clanculus amaeunus R. A. Philippi, 1852
species Clanculus assabensis Caramagna, 1888

Clanculus assabensis

species Clanculus ater Pilsbry, 1901
species Clanculus atricatenus J. R. Tomlin, 1921

Clanculus atricatenus

species Clanculus atropurpureus (Gould, 1849)

Clanculus atropurpureus

species Clanculus atypicus Iredale, 1912
species Clanculus bathyraphe Smith, 1862
species Clanculus berthelotii (d'Orbigny, 1840)

Clanculus berthelotii

species Clanculus bicarinatus Angas, 1880

Clanculus bicarinatus

species Clanculus boyeti Poppe, Tagaro & Dekker, 2006
species Clanculus bronni R. W. Dunker, 1860

Clanculus bronni

species Clanculus brunneus Adams, 1853

Clanculus brunneus

species Clanculus buysei Poppe, Tagaro & Dekker, 2006

Clanculus buysei

species Clanculus ceylonicus Nevill & Nevill, 1869
species Clanculus clanguloides (Wood, 1828)

Clanculus clanguloides

species Clanculus clangulus (Wood, 1828)

Clanculus clangulus

species Clanculus cognatus (H.A. Pilsbry, 1903)

Clanculus cognatus

species Clanculus comarilis Hedley, 1912

Clanculus comarilis

species Clanculus consobrinus Tate, 1893 - Cingulate Top Shell

Clanculus consobrinus - Cingulate Top Shell

species Clanculus corallinus (Gmelin, 1791)

Clanculus corallinus

species Clanculus cristinae Rubio & Rolan, 2002

Clanculus cristinae

species Clanculus cruciatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Clanculus cruciatus

species Clanculus denticulatus (Gray, 1826) - Toothed Top Shell

Clanculus denticulatus - Toothed Top Shell

species Clanculus depictus A. Adams, 1855
species Clanculus dunkeri (Koch in Philippi, 1843) - Dunker's Top-shell

Clanculus dunkeri - Dunker's Top-shell

species Clanculus edentulus A. Adams, 1853
species Clanculus escondidus Poppe, Tagaro & Vilvens, 2009
species Clanculus euchelioides Tate, 1893

Clanculus euchelioides

species Clanculus flagellatus (Philippi, 1849) - Flamed Top-shell

Clanculus flagellatus - Flamed Top-shell

species Clanculus floridus (Philippi, 1850)
species Clanculus flosculus P. Fischer, 1880

Clanculus flosculus

species Clanculus gemmulifer H. A. Pilsbry, 1901
species Clanculus granoliratus T. A. di Monterosato, 1889

Clanculus granoliratus

species Clanculus granti Hedley, 1907

Clanculus granti

species Clanculus guineensis (Gmelin, 1791)

Clanculus guineensis

species Clanculus johnstoni Hedley, 1917

Clanculus johnstoni

species Clanculus jucundus Gould, 1861
species Clanculus jussieui (Payraudeau, 1826)

Clanculus jussieui

species Clanculus kinzelbachi F. Nordsieck, 1982
species Clanculus korkosi Singer, Mienis & Geiger, 2000

Clanculus korkosi

species Clanculus kraussi Philippi in Martini & Chemnitz, 1849

Clanculus kraussi

species Clanculus largillierti (Philippi, 1849)

Clanculus largillierti

species Clanculus laurae Cecalupo, Buzzurro & Mariani, 2008
species Clanculus leucomphalus Verco, 1905 - White Margined Top Shell

Clanculus leucomphalus - White Margined Top Shell

species Clanculus limbatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834) - Keeled Top-shell

Clanculus limbatus - Keeled Top-shell

species Clanculus margaritarius (Philippi, 1846) - Beautiful Clanculus

Clanculus margaritarius - Beautiful Clanculus

species Clanculus mariaemaris Rubio & Rolan, 2002

Clanculus mariaemaris

species Clanculus maugeri (Wood, 1828)

Clanculus maugeri

species Clanculus mauritianus Melvill, 1909

Clanculus mauritianus

species Clanculus maxillatus (Menke, 1843) - Dotted Top Shell

Clanculus maxillatus - Dotted Top Shell

species Clanculus microdon A. Adams, 1853
species Clanculus miniatus H. E. Anton, 1839

Clanculus miniatus

species Clanculus minor A. Adams, 1853
species Clanculus mixtus E. A. Smith, 1903

Clanculus mixtus

species Clanculus multipunctatus Jansen, 1995
species Clanculus natalensis Herbert, 1993

Clanculus natalensis

species Clanculus nexus Bozzetti, 2014
species Clanculus ochroleucus (Philippi, 1853) - Yellow Top Shell

Clanculus ochroleucus - Yellow Top Shell

species Clanculus peccatus Finlay, 1927
species Clanculus persicus T. Habe & Shikama, 1964

Clanculus persicus

species Clanculus personatus (Philippi, 1849) - Constricted Top Shell

Clanculus personatus - Constricted Top Shell

species Clanculus petziae Rubio, Rolan & Ryall, 2002

Clanculus petziae

species Clanculus pharaonius (Linnaeus, 1758) - Strawberry Top Shell

Clanculus pharaonius - Strawberry Top Shell

species Clanculus philippi (Koch in Philippi, 1843) - Philippi's Top Shell

Clanculus philippi - Philippi's Top Shell

species Clanculus pini Rubio & Rolan, 2002

Clanculus pini

species Clanculus plebejus (Philippi, 1851) - People's Top-shell

Clanculus plebejus - People's Top-shell

species Clanculus pseudocorallinus Gofas, 1984

Clanculus pseudocorallinus

species Clanculus puniceus (Philippi, 1846)

Clanculus puniceus

species Clanculus rarus (Dufo, 1840)
species Clanculus relictus S. Kosuge & Koizumi, 1990
species Clanculus richeri Vilvens, 2000
species Clanculus ringens (Menke, 1843) - Ridged Top Shell

Clanculus ringens - Ridged Top Shell

species Clanculus samoensis (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1848)
species Clanculus santamariae Gofas, 1984

Clanculus santamariae

species Clanculus scabrosus (Philippi, 1850)
species Clanculus scotti Poppe, Tagaro & Dekker, 2006

Clanculus scotti

species Clanculus simoni Poppe, Tagaro & Dekker, 2006

Clanculus simoni

species Clanculus spadiceus Philippi, 1848

Clanculus spadiceus

species Clanculus stigmatarius A. Adams, 1853
species Clanculus thomasi (Crosse, 1862)
species Clanculus tonnerrei (Nevill & Nevill, 1874)

Clanculus tonnerrei

species Clanculus undatoides Tenison-Woods, 1879

Clanculus undatoides

species Clanculus undatus (Lamarck, 1816) - Wavy Top-shell

Clanculus undatus - Wavy Top-shell

species Clanculus villanus (Philippi, 1846)

Clanculus villanus

species Clanculus waltonae G. B. Sowerby III, 1892

Clanculus waltonae

species Clanculus weedingi Cotton, 1939

Clanculus weedingi

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [806d8969-a7c3-4318-a79c-d4cc95b6db79]

ABRS (2009-2015): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Clanculus Montfort, 1810]
Data retrieved on: 15 February 2015

Contributions to BioLib

Help us to expand this encyclopedia! If you are logged in, you can add new subtaxa, vernacular and scientific names, texts, images or intertaxon relationships for this taxon.

Comments - 1