Junonia

(Lamarck, 1804)

Scaphella junonia

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Neogastropoda

Volutidae

Volutidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 75-126

Dextral

Chirality:

The junonia shell has a relatively slender shell with 5 to 6 shell whorls. The apex of this moderately sized spire is blunt. The lower part of the inner aperture has up to four folds leading into the shell. This shell is white to tan, sometimes with a pink hue. It has spiral lines of rectangular brown markings.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

North Carolina to Gulf of Mexico

30 to 110 meters

Diet:

Carnivore

Habitat:

Marine

Misc. Facts

It is the offical state shell of Alabama. This shell is highly sought after by shellers due to its beauty and rarity. Its rarity is due to the Junonia living in relatiely deep water making it uncommon for the shell to wash onto shore.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Scaphella junonia (Lamarck, 1804). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=527749 on 2021-06-23

Rosenberg, G. 29. Malacolog 4.1.1: A Database of Western Atlantic Marine Mollusca. [WWW database (version 4.1.1)] URL http://www.malacolog.org/

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