Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Subclass Vetigastropoda > Superfamily Trochoidea > Family Margaritidae > Genus Margarites

Margarites helicinus (Phipps, 1774)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

MargaritesGray, 1847accepted genus name
Margarita Leach, 1819 later homonym
Margarita Leach, 1819 synonym
Trochus (Margarita) Leach, 1819 synonym

Species group names

Turbo helicinus Phipps, 1774 basionym
Helix margarita Montagu, 1808 synonym
Margarita arctica Leach, 1819 synonym
Margarita campanulata Packard, 1867 synonym
Trochus helicinus (Phipps, 1774) synonym
Trochus helicinus var. fasciata Jeffreys, 1865 synonym
Turbo helicinus Phipps, 1774 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Danish: perlesnegl sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English: helicina margarite; pearly top shell; spiral margarite sources: North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS);PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: Pearly Top Shell sources: Charles Hussey
 French: margarite hélice


basis of record

Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213

additional source

Rosenberg, G. 2004. Malacolog Version 3.3.2: Western Atlantic gastropod database. The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

additional source

Kantor Yu.I. & Sysoev A.V. (2006) Marine and brackish water Gastropoda of Russia and adjacent countries: an illustrated catalogue. Moscow: KMK Scientific Press. 372 pp. + 140 pls.

additional source

Dyntaxa (2013) Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013].

additional source

Turgeon, D.; Quinn, J.F.; Bogan, A.E.; Coan, E.V.; Hochberg, F.G.; Lyons, W.G.; Mikkelsen, P.M.; Neves, R.J.; Roper, C.F.E.; Rosenberg, G.; Roth, B.; Scheltema, A.; Thompson, F.G.; Vecchione, M.; Williams, J.D. (1998). Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates from the United States and Canada: mollusks. 2nd ed. American Fisheries Society Special Publication, 26. American Fisheries Society: Bethesda, MD (USA). ISBN 1-888569-01-8. IX, 526 + cd-rom pp.

additional source

Gulbin V.V. & Chaban E.M. (2012) Annotated list of shell-bearing gastropods of Commander Islands. Part I. The Bulletin of the Russian Far East Malacological Society 15-16: 5–30.





External Links

GenBank (5 nucleotides; 3 proteins)
Barcode of Life (14 barcodes)
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Mollusca Collection
Marine Life Information Network - UK
Biodiversity Heritage Library (17 publications)


Gofas, S. (2014). Margarites helicinus (Phipps, 1774). In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:141821




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