Cantharidus capillaceus capillaceus is a subspecies of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Trochidae, the top snails.
This subspecies is endemic
to New Zealand
, and Antipodes
This top snail is found from the intertidal zone
to depths of up to 15 m
The shell is moderately large, tall conical, with a broadly rounded apex
, smooth and shining but with dense subsurface spiral striae.
Coloration of the apex is pink, and the remainder of the shell is leaden-purple. The columella is white, and the aperture is reddish iridescent within, the peristome narrowly edged with pink.
The shell height is up to 28 mm, and the width is up to 19.5 mm.