Flame Helmet Snail

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Cassis flammea

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cassidae

Cassidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 401153, ANSP 374022

Shell Information

Length (mm): 76-154

Dextral

Chirality:

The flame helmet has about 6 shell whorls with a very large body whorl. The body whorl has rows of spiral knobs, and a relatively smooth and polished surface. The shell has an elongated aperture with rows of folds on both sides of the inner aperture. A dark brown stain develops between these folds of the inner aperture. Adults have a thick lip that, when viewed from below, has more rounded corners than the king helmet. This shell is typically a tan color with brown streaks and blotches.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

East Florida to Barbados

1 to 12 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They feed on a variety seaurchins.

Habitat:

Marine; Soft substrate and among seagrass

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Cassis flammea (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: https://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419777 on 2021-06-23

Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. Garc?a. 29. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579?699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico?Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.

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

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/