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Neptunea despecta

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Erling Svensen How common is the Neptunea despecta in UK? I see it sometimes in the fjords in South Norway, but if we go quite fare North it is quite common.

Ian Smith Hi Erling, Graham, A. in Prosobranch & pyramidellid gastropods, (illustrated by Danish artist - originals in Anglo-Danish work) says "A number of species belonging to the family Buccinidae have been recorded from deep waters in localities that are marginally British or Irish." About N. despecta, he says it is a "northern species which extends southwards to waters north of Shetland". So it is strange that the single dot on the NBN map at http://data.nbn.org.uk/interactive/map.jsp?srchSp=NBNSYS0000176690 is on the south coast of England! The record doesn't say if it was live or dead. Maybe it was a discard from a fishing trip to northern waters. In 8 years of shore collecting and diving in Orkney in the 1970s I never saw any sign of it dead or alive. Your image is first rate, as always, and shows a beautiful regular shell. The line drawing in Graham shows a markedly rugged shell, perhaps they change as they age, or the artist only had a poor specimen available. Cheers Ian Smith

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 01 Feb 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Mollusca (Phylum)
    Gastropoda (Class)
      Caenogastropoda (Subclass)
        Neogastropoda (Order)
          Buccinoidea (Superfamily)
            Buccinidae (Family)
              Neptunea (Genus)
                Neptunea despecta (Species)
Associated Species