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Snail, Arabic Volute

Alcithoe arabica

Pupu rore/Puhauriroa/Takapu/Tikoaka/Uere

Snail-Volute, Arabic
Pupu rore

Invertebrate

Mollusca

Gastropoda

Volutidae

Soft Bottom Subtidal
Soft Bottom Subtidal

Feeding:
Predator
Predator
Distribution:
New Zealand
New Zealand
Edibility:
Unknown Edibility
Unknown Edibility
Size:
Hand Sized
Hand Sized



Has a large foot and can move very rapidly. The shell is variable, but generally is tall with a long aperture. There is no operculum, and the foot is grey to brown, flecked with purple and orange.


On all soft substrates from open oceanic beaches to muddy inlets and harbours.


It preys on bivalves which it kills by smothering them with it’s large foot.


It lays round, thin shelled eggs on empty shells and stones.
Very sought after shell by collectors.



Seashells of the World: A Golden Nature Guide NZ Coastal Marine Invertebrates; Vol 1