Sinistral ancient neptune: red whelk: buckie
When viewed from the top whelk shells normally spiral in a clockwise direction. This is known as dextral or ‘right handed’. Very rarely a mutation produces snails whose shells coil anticlockwise - they are known as sinistral or ‘left-handed’.
It’s not just the shell of a sinistral whelk that is a mirror image of the more common dextral form; it’s internal organs are on the opposite side too. For molluscs this makes mating very challenging.
- Accession Loan No.
- Collection Class
- Common Name
- sinistral ancient neptune: red whelk: buckie
- Simple Name
- Full Name
- Neptunea antiqua (Linnaeus): sinistral shell; ancient neptune, red whelk or buckie
- Family Group
- Collector / Excavator
- Pitman, Captain Charles Robert Senhouse (from the collection of)
- Neptunea Roeding
- antiqua (Linnaeus)