Taxon profile


Ancistrolepis vietnamensis Sirenko & Goryachev, 1990

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Caenogastropoda »  family Buccinidae - Whelks »  genus Ancistrolepis



Height 83 mm, Width 46 mm


Shell slender, solid, thick, consists of 7.5 moderately convex whorls. The body whorl occupies about 2/3 of the shell height. There is broad flat ground between the sutura and first keel. The ground is slightly inclined to the keel. Spiral sculpture consists of high, flattened keels, which reach to the siphon. There are 20 keels on the body whorl and 5 on the spire; five keels on the upper part of the body whorl is more large. Also, there are very thin spiral riblets on the all shell surface include keels. Axial sculpture consists of thin, numerous growth lines only. Aperture is rounded pyriform, shine yellowish-orange or brownish-yeliow. Outer lip is thick, slightly turned outside. Color of shell is white-yellowish-orange. Periostracum is thin, light-brown. Operculum is large, thick, solid, brownish-rose.
[Egorov, 1994]


South China Sea, at depth of 400-700 m. Very rare.
Authors: Jan Delsing, Egorov, 1994

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Ancistrolepis vietnamensis Sirenko & Goryachev, 1990]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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