Taxon profile


Epitonium turtonis (Turton, 1819)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  family Epitoniidae - Wentletraps »  genus Epitonium

Scientific synonyms

Turbo turtonis Turton, 1819
Clathrus turtonis (Turton, 1819)
Epitonium turtoni (Turton, 1819)
Scalaria elegans Risso, 1826
Epitonium turtonae karpathense Nordsieck, 1969
Scalaria planicosta Bivona Ant., 1832
Fusicoscala planicosta (Bivona, 1832)
Scalaria tenuicosta var. strigata Pallary, 1938
Epitonium tenuicosta Michaud, 1829
Scalaria tenuicostata Michaud, 1829


Epitonium turtonis

Author: Shellauction

Epitonium turtonis

Author: Kaicher, S.

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Shell solid, bright, stretched, whorls convex, suture evident but not deep. Sculpture made by axial ribs (about 12 on the last whorl) roundish and in different thickness, joining among them near suture, sometimes making one spined protuberance too.There are often present varices. Among the interspaces of ribs there can be noted fine spiral striae. Aperture roundish in form, peristome continuous, that thickening, makes a columellar callum (dark brown in colour) at the crossing with the ribs, closing the umbilicus as a matter of fact. Ground colour dark brown either with bands or streaks lighter, but there can be found light specimens with darker bands too. Protoconch has about 4 whorls of spiral smooth. The adult specimens average measures are around 30-35 mm in height.
Scaperrotta, M. ,Bartolini, S. & Bogi, C., 2009. Accrescimenti, Vol. 2. Stages of growth of marine molluscs of the Mediterranean Sea. (secondary description)


Common all over the Mediterranean.
Scaperrotta, M. ,Bartolini, S. & Bogi, C., 2009. Accrescimenti, Vol. 2. Stages of growth of marine molluscs of the Mediterranean Sea. (secondary description)
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Epitonium turtonis Turton, 1819]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
IT Repetto G., Orlando F. & Arduino G. (2005): Conchiglie del Mediterraneo, Amici del Museo "Federico Eusebio", Alba, Italy [as Epitonium turtoni (Turton, 1819)]
EN Petović S., Gvozdenović S., Ikica Z. (2017): An Annotated Checklist of the Marine Molluscs of the South Adriatic Sea (Montenegro) and a Comparison with Those of Neighbouring Areas, Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 17: 921-934 [as Epitonium turtonis (Turton, 1819)]
SP Prats Pi, L. (2002): Gastròpodes marins de la cala de Binissafúller, Menorca (Illes Balears), Spira, 1(2): 21-24 [as Epitonium turtoni (Turton, 1819)]
SP Tarruella Ruestes, A. (2002): Moluscos marinos de Cap Ras y Llançà (Girona, NE de la península Ibérica), Spira, 1(2): 1-14 [as Epitonium turtoni (Turton, 1819)]

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