Kelletia kelletii   (Forbes, 1850)

Kellet's whelk

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Gastropoda | Neogastropoda | Buccinidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

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

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 7 - 9 cm Max length : 17.5 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 865); common length :8.5 cm SHL (female)

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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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).

Main reference References | 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)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 130435)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | Fishipedia | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 14.5 - 18.8, mean 16.7 (based on 10 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Unknown.