Taxon profile


Terebra crenulata (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Scientific synonyms

Buccinum crenulatum Linnaeus, 1758
Subula crenulata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Acus crenulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Terebra crenulata var. booleyi Melvill & Sykes, 1898
Terebra fimbriata Deshayes, 1857
Terebra interlineata Deshayes, 1859
Buccinum luteolum Chenu, 1845
Buccinum varicosum Gmelin, 1791


Terebra crenulata

Author: Jan Delsing

Terebra crenulata

Author: Jan Delsing

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Shell to 140 mm


Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific to the Revillagigedo Ids., Mexico. Intertidal to 73 m.


Shell color flesh to beige, usually blended with fawn or gray zones, ornamented with 2 row of small brown dots, one anterior to the subsutural band, the other posterior to the suture, also with short wavy brown axial lines immediately anterior to the suture; outline of whorls straight, with the subsutural area narrowly convex or angular; protoconch of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 conical whorls; subsutural band with rounded nodes or narrow axial ribs, band defined by subsutural groove, and deep punctations between nodes, groove becoming progressively obsolete; axial ribs numerous, sharp, on early whorls, fading completely; later whorls smooth except for nodes below suture; nodes small and inconspicuous or large and triangular; aperture quadrate; columella almost straight.
[Bratcher & Cernohorsky]

Interesting facts

This species is so variable in outline and pattern that it is easy to understand why it was considered a different species or subspecies by a number of authors, although the various forms clearly intergrade into one another when a large number of specimens are available for examination. T. crenulata is netted in the plankton from April through September in Hawaii. The larvae settle when their length is approximately 1 mm. Upon, metamorphosis the protoconch becomes opaque cream color.
Authors: Jan Delsing, Bratcher & Cernohorsky

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Buccinum luteolum Chenu, 1845]
Data retrieved on: 2 May 2017
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Terebra crenulata (LINNÉ, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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