Atlantic Triton Snail

(Lamarck, 1816)

Charonia variegata

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Charoniidae

Charoniidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 314109

Shell Information

Length (mm): 250-380

Dextral

Chirality:

This shell has 8-9 shell whorls with defined suture regions joining each whorl. It has a tall spire leading to a blunted apex. The shell is sculpted by wide spiral ribs that are seperated by a groove. The grooves are typically brown, while the ribs are colored with an alternating pattern of tan/white and dark brown. The inner aperture has a series of white folds seperated by a dark brown stain.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Florida to the Caribbean Sea

1 to 384 meters

Diet:

Carnivore

Habitat:

Marine

Misc. Facts

This shell is also sometimes called the Trumpet Shell.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Charonia variegata (Lamarck, 1816). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: https://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=181006 on 2021-06-23

Rosenberg, G. 2009. Malacolog 4.1.1: A Database of Western Atlantic Marine Mollusca. [WWW database (version 4.1.1)] URL http://www.malacolog.org/