Click on photo to enlarge. Scale line in photo equals 1cm unless otherwise specified.
* Species which are commonly encountered on the beach.
Exilioidea rectirostris (Carpenter, 1865)
Small Tall Whelk
subtidal, 60-800m size to 30mm
northern Mexico to southern Alaska
This is a long, narrow shell with a long siphonal canal. It has axial ribbing and faint spiral grooves.
(previous names - Exilia rectirostris, Chrysodomus rectirostris, Tritonofusus rectirostris, Plicifusus rectirostris)
both photos - Barkley Sound, BC more juvenile shell, without periostracumNeadmete modesta (Carpenter, 1864)Modest Latticework Snail
low intertidal to at least 91m size to 40mm
Washington to southern Alaska
is rarely found intertidally. The shell is light colored with a
brown periostracum. It has cancellate sculpturing and deep
sutures between the whorls.
(synonyms - Admete modesta, Cancellaria modesta)
Volutidae Bering Sea, AK
Family Ptychatractidae, Cancellariidae,
Volutidae & Marginellidae
Arctomelon stearnsii (Dall, 1872)
subtidal to 800m size to 180mm
Haida Gwaii, BC to Arctic
This shell usually has a chalky white appearance. The aperture is usually light brown and somewhat glossy.
This page last revised: 5-25-2019