species: Drupinia grossularia in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Drupinia grossularia

©Anne Hoggett: Drupinia grossularia near the reef crest at Lizard Head, Lizard Island.

©Barbara Banks: Underside of Drupinia grossularia at Yonge Reef, near Lizard Island. Thanks to Dr Richard Willan (NT Museum) for the identification.

©Barbara Banks: Heavily encrusted upper surface of Drupinia grossularia at Yonge Reef.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Neogastropoda
Family Muricidae
Genus Drupinia
Species Drupinia grossularia



Distinguishing features

Upper surface usually heavily encrusted, aperture yellow and flat, outer lip with 5-6 distinctive white teeth and 2-3 smaller ones on the columnella.


  • Up to 4 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.