King Helmet Snail
Length (mm): 76-301
The king helmet has about 6 shell whorls with a very large body whorl. The body whorl has a spiral rows of knobs and a fine grid of spiral and axial ribs. The aperture is long and narrow and the lip that forms on adults has a triangular shape. Both sides of the inner aperture have a series of folds with a dark brown color between them. The outer shell is often yellowish white to tan with irregular axial zigzags of brown color.
North Carolina to Brazil
0 to 27 meters
Carnivore; They eat a variety of sea urchins.
Marine; Soft substrate and among seagrass
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