Bivetiella dariena

Darién nutmeg shell | nuezmoscada del Darién

shell

Shell is stocky, with rounded whorls (sometimes angular at their shoulder), and a round to ovate aperture. Sculpture is cancellate, with strong folds on the columella.

Size: 25-35 mm.

Ecology: inhabits offshore marine (15-100 m) waters, crawling on sediment surface; scavenging carnivore.

Geological range: Middle Miocene-Early Pliocene (12-8 million years ago).

Geographic distribution: Caribbean – Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela; Pacific – Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador.