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This species has a left-handed or sinistral shell. It eats mostly bivalves, sucking their mass up with its proboscis.
Lightning whelks can be found in the sandy or muddy substrate of shallow embayments.
Status : Unknown Shelling regulation established a complete ban on the collection of live shells (Florida Department of Environmental Protection Rule 46-26) This species is native to southeastern North America,south to Florida and the Gulf states.