Taxon profile


Eastern Turretsnail
Turritella exoleta (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  family Turritellidae - Turritellas »  genus Turritella


Turritella exoleta - Eastern Turretsnail

Author: Massemin, D. et al

Turritella exoleta - Eastern Turretsnail

Author: Reeve, L.A.

Turritella exoleta - Eastern Turretsnail

Author: Tunnell et al.

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Turritella exoleta (Linnaeus, 1758) Eastern Turretsnail
Distribution: North Carolina, Florida, Texas; West Indies. Size: 51 to 76 mm
Description: Color yellowish to white with flammules of orange-brown; shell shape conic, slender, and tall; sculpture of 16 to 18 whorls; whorls concave at center with a strong spiral cord at lower half of each whorl; whorls have fine spiral threads crossed by axial threads, giving a beaded appearance; sutures distinct on early whorls and divided by a septum at each half revolution; apertural lip subquadrate; anomphalous. Habitat: Found in dense substrate at depths from 2 to 183 m (7 to 600 ft). Remarks: Pallial organs, especially those found in the gill, are perfectly adapted for ciliary feeding. Sometimes confused as a turrid. See Morton (1953); Warmke and Abbott (1961); Redfern (2001).
Tunnell, J.W. , Andrews, J. , Barrera, N.C. & Moretzsohn, F., 2010. Encyclopedia of Texas seashells.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Turritella exoleta Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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