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This is a shell of the marine snail Alcithoe arabica collected from Wanganui beach. Alcithoe is a diverse genus within the family of volutes (Volutidae). Currently there are many extant species of Alcithoe classified in New Zealand and New Caledonia, and there is also a rich fossil record. Alcithoe arabica is believed to be an apex molluscan predator and strict carnivore (description by Felix Vaux, http://www.massey.ac.nz/~strewick/Felix.htm).