Gold-Mothed Triton

(Roding, 1798)

Monoplex nicobaricus

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cymatiidae

Cymatiidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 35-90

Dextral

Chirality:

This shell has 5 to 6 whorls with a medium sized spire. It has about two large rounded varices on each shell whorl. It is sculpted by a series of alternating large and small spiral ribs that intersect axial folds. The inside of the outer lip of the aperture has a series of folds leading into the shell. These folds are often white while the rest of the inner aperture is a bright orange. There is a medium sized siphonal canal that is mostly enclosed and is often slightly curved. The outer shell is typically gray or white with lines and blotches of brown.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Florida to West Indies

0 to 36 meters

Diet:

Carnivore; They eat a variety of Bivalves including Giant Clams (Tridacna).

Habitat:

Marine

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Monoplex nicobaricus (Roding, 1798). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=476529 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.