Common Hairy Triton

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Monoplex pilearis

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cymatiidae

Cymatiidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 75-120

Dextral

Chirality:

This is a heavy shell that typically has 5 to 6 shell whorls. There are about 2 large rounded varices on each shell whorl. It has an alternating pattern of large and small spiral ribs that inserect soft axial folds. The axial folds have small knobs that are most apparent at the shoulder of each whorl. The inner aperture is folded on both sides which are typically white, while the rest of the inner aperture is often a dark brown. The outer shell is white or gray with splashes of orange and brown.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Florida to Brazil

25 to 360 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They eat a variety of bivalves including giant clams (Tridacna).

Habitat:

Marine

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Monoplex pilearis (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=476533 on 2021-06-23

Morris, P. A. (1987). A field guide to shells: Atlantic and Gulf coasts and the West Indies (3rd ed.). Houghton Mifflin.

Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (214). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. https://doi.org/1.116/j.ecoinf.214.8.5.