Diameter (mm): 12.5-25
This is a heavy globe shaped shell with a round spire. It has spiral ribs with a thin groove running between each rib. The grooves are gray in color while the ribs are white with black axial lines giving them their checkered appearance. The inner aperture has multiple small teeth.
East Florida to Brazil
-0.5 to 3 meters
Marine; Rocky intertidal zone
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