The fossil record of this species dates back from the Miocene to the Quaternary (age range: 23.03 to 0.781 million years ago). These fossils have been found in India, Spain and Italy.

The shell of Galeodea echinophora can reach a length of 50–110 mm. Tubercles are quite variable, usually not very pronounced and may be entirely absent. These mollusks are carnivorous and eat mostly echinoderms, especially Echinocardium cordatum.

This species can be found in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and in the North Atlantic Ocean, mainly in Western Africa. It lives on sandy and muddy bottoms over 10 m in depth.

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