Neptunea lyrata has a fascinating taxonomic history. The name has been applied to the common species found from Alaska to Washington State. It has a light background and dark spiral ribs. However, in 2003 researchers found the type specimen and were surprised to find that it was a different species than what most have been calling Neptunea lyrata! As described, Neptunea lyrata have a dark aperture, are smaller, and have much finer ribs that seen in the widespread and common species typically called by that name. The common species formerly known as Neptunea lyrata, currently being examined by taxonomists, is likely undescribed.
- WoRMS Page for Neptunea lyrata
- Search Arctos Database for Neptunea lyrata (Southeast only)
- Search Arctos Database for Neptunea lyrata (entire database)
- Encyclopedia of Life search for Neptunea lyrata
- iNaturalist Observations for Neptunea lyrata in Southeast Alaska