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Eupleura sulcidentata
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Eupleura sulcidentata
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Gastropods


Eupleura sulcidentata is a predatory gastropod commonly known as the Sharp Ribbed Drill. It resembles the Oyster Drill (Urosalpinx cinerea) and other small predatory whelks. It is native to the tropical and subtropical Western Atlantic, including Florida, the Bahamas, and Cuba. Introduced specimens were found in Virginia, possibly transported with oyster shipments or through hull fouling on recreational boats. In its native range it inhabits shallow muddy areas and oyster reefs. Its establishment status in Virginia is currently unknown and no ecological or economic impacts have been reported.

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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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