Knobbed Triton

(Roding, 1798)

Gutturnium muricinum

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cymatiidae

Cymatiidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 339708

Shell Information

Length (mm): 25-75

Dextral

Chirality:

This shell has 5 or 6 whorls with a medium sized spire. It typically has two thick axial varices on each whorl. It has spiral ribs that overlay consistent axial folds. The aperture sometimes develops a shield from the inner lip that extends onto the body whorl. The outside lip of the inner aperture can have a series of folds extending into the shell. The siphonal siphonal canal is wide and mostly enclosed. This shell is typically white to tan color with spiral lines of a darker gray. The aperture is bright white.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Florida to Brazil

0 to 27 meters

Diet:

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

Habitat:

Marine

Misc. Facts

This shell is also sometimes called the White-Mouthed Triton.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Gutturnium muricinum (Roding, 1798). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=220950 on 2021-06-23

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/

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.