Taxon profile


Pyrene flava (Bruguière, 1789)

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Pyrene flava

Author: Jan Delsing

Pyrene flava

Author: Jan Delsing

Pyrene flava

Author: Monsecour & Monsecour

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Eastern Australian shells solid, spire straight sided or convex, turreted, whorls rounded; aperture less than half shell length. Axial sculpture absent; spiral sculpture restricted to about 10 strong cords on base of body whorl. Outer lip of aperture sinuous with wide, shallow sinus posteriorly; thickened externally, and in the centre internally, with up to 10 denticles. Columella sharp-edged in mature shells, with 3-7 denticles. Anterior canal not upturned, siphonal notch shallow. Colour variable; generally fawn, usually with white spots; often a dark brown band below suture and widely-spaced large white spots below.
Size: Eastern Australian shells up to 24 mm in length.
Beechey, Seashells of New South Wales.

Interchangeable taxa

P. punctata is about the same size and also variable in colour. In P. punctata the spire is strongly convex, while in P. flava it is straight or moderately convex.
Beechey, Seashells of New South Wales.


Tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia, North West Cape, WA, around northern Australia to Yamba, NSW.
Habitat: Most NSW specimens are beach collected empty shells. Uncommon.
Beechey, Seashells of New South Wales.
Author: Jan Delsing

Included taxa

Number of records: 1

subspecies Pyrene flava filmerae Sowerby, 1900

Pyrene flava filmerae - 000000000101000

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Pyrene flava (Bruguière, 1789)]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Pyrene flava (BRUGUIERE, 1789)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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