Recluzia lutea

Recluzia lutea (Bennett, 1840)
[dubious species]


This is a large, shelled pelagic snail. It lives in the pleuston and has no swimming fins. The dextral shell is highly coiled. The aperture is round, the columella is straight. It is a carnivorous species predating on relatively large floating animals.

Taxonomic Description

This is a species of which nothing is known, and though it is not a nomen nudum, it is probably not a valid species.


The juveniles have a dextrally coiled shell. A special description is not available.


Janthina lutea Bennett, 1840: 298.
Types not indicted (non existing).
Type locality not given.
Original description: "In the course of the Narrative I have had occasion to mention a yellow and very rare species of this genus; and for which I should propose the name Janthina lutea."