Fasciolaria lilium

Fasciolaria lilium
Fasciolaria lilium
Abapertural view of a shell of Fasciolaria lilium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Fasciolariidae
Genus: Fasciolaria
Species: F. lilium
Binomial name
Fasciolaria lilium
Fisher von Waldheim, 1807

Fasciolaria distans Lamarck, 1822

Fasciolaria lilium, also known as the banded tulip, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Fasciolariidae, the spindle snails, the tulip snails and their allies.[1]

This species was previously known as Fasciolaria (Cinctura) lilium, but this combination has never been published validly.



  • Fasciolaria lilium branhamae Rehder & Abbot, 1951
  • Fasciolaria lilium tortugana Hollister, 1957

Shell description

The banded tulip shell does not grow as large as that of the true tulip, Fasciolaria tulipa. Also the color pattern is different: the color splotches appear as a redder color (blue in rare areas) and the stripes that give the banded tulip its name are much farther apart.

The shell grows to be 2 ¼ - 4 1/8 inches (5.7-10.5 cm) in length.


This species occurs off the coast of South Carolina and from the Florida coast to the Gulf coast of Texas, and south into Mexico.


F. lilium is found in sand or muddy sand from 2 to 150 feet depth.

Feeding habits

Little is known about the banded tulip’s diet, but it is assumed that it is similar to that of the true tulip: small gastropods and bivalves.


  1. ^ a b Fasciolaria lilium Fisher von Waldheim, 1807.  Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=420023  on 29 August 2010.

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