The “Clover’s Lyria” is a pleasing and well sought-after volute endemic to Sri Lanka. A carnivorous and predatory gastropod, it inhabits sandy to muddy bottoms of moderate depths around -20~80m. Although once ago a rare species, it is only somewhat uncommon today thanks to many being bought up as by-catch of local fisheries.
The shell is rather variable in stoutness but general pattern and the characteristically bulbous protoconch are distinctive features. Typical shell length around 75mm, giant specimens are known to surpass 95mm. It was named after the renowned American conchologist and shell dealer Phillip W. Clover, who is still very much active today. – Adapted from Chong Chen’s post
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