Taxon profile


Terebra areolata (Link, 1807)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Neogastropoda »  family Terebridae - Auger Shells »  genus Terebra

Scientific synonyms

Vertagus areolatus Link, 1807
Subula areolata (Link, 1807)
Oxymeris areolata (Link, 1807)
Acus areolatus (Link, 1807)
Acus areolata (Link, 1807)


Terebra areolata

Author: Jan Delsing

Terebra areolata

Author: Jan Delsing

Terebra areolata

Author: Jan Delsing

Terebra areolata

Author: Jan Delsing


Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islands; 3 to 50 m.


Shell to 167 mm; color cream to orange-beige, with 3 rows of squarish brown spots per whorl, 4 on body whorl; outline of whorls slightly convex with somewhat indented subsutural band; protoconch 3 1/2 conical whorls; subsutural band flat, defined by groove which becomes progressively more shallow; early sculpture may be very strong with well developed nodes on subsutural band except for subsutural band and microscopic axial striae; aperture quadrate; columella curved; operculum opaque brown.
(Bratcher & Cernohorsky)

Interchangeable taxa

Terebra achates and Terebra consobrina may be separated from this species by having shells with spiral rows of punctations and 2 rows of spots per whorl, 3 on body whorl.
Authors: Jan Delsing, Bratcher & Cernohorsky

Links and literature

CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Terebra areolata (LINK, 1807)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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