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Urosalpinx cinerea
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Urosalpinx cinerea
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Gastropods


Urosalpinx cinerea is commonly known as the Atlantic Oyster Drill, the American Rock Tingle, and the American Sting Winkle. It is native to the Atlantic Coast of North America, from Florida to at least Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is introduced to the West (California to British Columbia) and Gulf (Florida) coasts of North America, England, and the Netherlands. It inhabits oyster beds and rocky intertidal to shallow subtidal shores. It is a predator of barnacles, mussels, oysters, and other bivalves. It has had negative ecological and economic impacts on oysters and is regarded as a serious pest for fisheries and restoration.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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