Sinistral ancient neptune: red whelk: buckie

Description
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.
247/1911
Collection Class
Molluscs
Common Name
sinistral ancient neptune: red whelk: buckie
Simple Name
shell
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)
Phylum
mollusca
Family
buccinidae
Genus
Neptunea Roeding
Species
antiqua (Linnaeus)

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