Spectamen verum

Spectamen verum

Spectamen verum is a small deepwater sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Trochidae.


This species is endemic to the northern tip of the North Island of New Zealand, extending to the Three Kings Islands.


This deepwater top shell lives at depths of between 60 and 95 m.

Shell description

The shell is has finer and more numerous spiral cords than in Spectamen plicatulum, coupled with the wide, deep, and ridge-margined umbilicus of Spectamen luteolum.

The external shell coloration is lemon-yellow, merging into buff, and with a few wavy narrow radial reddish-brown streaks on the upper surface only.

The shell height is up to 3.5 mm, and the width is up to 5.4 mm.


  • Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
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