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Veined Rapa Whelk

Scientific Name

Rapana venosa (Valenciennes, 1846) (CABI)

Common Name

Veined rapa whelk, Asian rapa whelk


Rapana thomasiana (Crosse, 1861), Rapana pontica (Nordsieck, 1969) (CABI)

Native To

Western Pacific Ocean (Mann et al. 2004)

Date of U.S. Introduction

First discovered in 1998 (Mann et al. 2004)

Means of Introduction

Probably in ballast water (Mann et al. 2004)


Preys on bivalves, such as clams, oysters, and mussels (Mann et al. 2004)

Current U.S. Distribution

Chesapeake Bay

Veined rapa welk
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Veined rapa whelk


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