species: Drupa ricinus in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Drupa ricinus

©Anne Hoggett: Drupa ricinus about 3 cm long at Bird Islet reef flat, Lizard Island. Note the pattern of 'teeth' in the aperture: two separate ones at anterior end, then two together, then a block of four (Wilson, 1994).

©Anne Hoggett: Drupa ricinus clinging to granite rock in the shallow intertidal, Bird Islet, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Neogastropoda
Family Muricidae
Genus Drupa
Species Drupa ricinus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 3 cm (shell length)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Wilson, B.R. (1994). Australian Marine Shells: 2. Prosobranch gastropods Odyssey Publishing, Kallaroo, Western Australia.

Other references

  • Robertson, R. (1981). List of shell-bearing mollusks observed and collected at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Tryonia, 4: 1-32. LIRS catalog number 403.
  • Taylor, J.D. (1983). The food of coral-reef Drupa (Gastropoda), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 78: 299-316. LIRS catalog number 123.