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Kelletia kelletii   (Forbes, 1850)

Kellet's whelk

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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Gastropoda | Neogastropoda | Buccinidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Bisby, F.A., M.A. Ruggiero, K.L. Wilson, M. Cachuela-Palacio, S.W. Kimani, Y.R. Roskov, A. Soulier-Perkins and J. van Hertum. 2005. (Ref. 19)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 17.5 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 865); common length :8.5 cm SHL (female)


Benthic; depth range 0 - 69 m (Ref. 865), usually 3 - 40 m (Ref. 106100)

Climate / Range

Subtropical; 37°N - 27°N, 123°W - 113°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Eastern Central Pacific: USA to Mexico. From Isla Asuncion, Baja California, Mexico to Monterey, CA, USA.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

It is found in kelp beds on rocky and soft bottoms, from low intertidal to a depth of 69 meters (Ref. 865). Also inhabits sand areas adjacent to more solid substratum. Forms aggregated distribution patterns, most likely as a foraging and/or reproductive strategy. Carnivorous scavenger. Primarily feeds on live sessile polychaetes and solitary tunicates (Ref. 101624). Members of the order Neogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners (Ref. 833). Life cycle: Eggs capsules (400 to 1200 eggs) are deposited on hard substrate. Embryos develop within the capsule, emerge into the water column as free-swimming veliger larvae and later assumes a benthic life style (Ref. 104623).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)


CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Price category (Ref. 80766)