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Vasum ceramicum
Vasum ceramicum

Vasum ceramicum, common name ceramic vase or heavy whelk, is a species of medium to large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Turbinellidae.

Description


Vasum ceramicum has a large, thick and heavy shell that reaches a length of 59 – 160 mm. This shell is quite elongated, conical or vase-shaped (hence the common name). It has long siphonal canal, three strong, columella folds and 7-10 strong spiny tubercles in each loop. It is colored white and greys or dark brown externally, while the aperture may be colored white or pale brown.

Distribution


The species is widespread in the Mascarene Plateau, off the coast of Madagascar, and Tanzania.[1]

Habitat


This sea snail lives on lower eulittoral, rocky areas at depth of 10 to 40 m.

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