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|The shell of Penion cuvieranus cuvieranus|
|Genera and species|
- In the British Isles and the Netherlands, where the word whelk probably originated, the word "whelk" is applied to a number of species in the family Buccinidae, especially Buccinum undatum, an edible European and Northern Atlantic species.
- In North America whelk refers to several large edible species in the genera Busycon and Busycotypus within the family Melongenidae. These are sometimes called Busycon whelks.
- In the English-speaking islands of the West Indies, the word whelks or wilks (the word is both singular and plural) is applied to a large edible top shell, Cittarium pica, also known as the magpie or West Indian top shell.
- In the United States, the invasive Murex Rapana venosa is referred to as the Veined rapa whelk or Asian rapa whelk.