Morula marginalba

Mulberry whelk
Morula marginalba
Morula marginalba, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Morula marginalba
Morula marginalba, Obverse, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Morula marginalba
Morula marginalba


Temperate Australasia


Offwhite shell with raised black bumps. It is one of the most abundant gastropods on New South Wales rock platforms and is an important predator of barnacles and other invertebrates.


Max Size: 3 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.8-28.1°C

Depth: N/A

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (2.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (9 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney