Taxon profile


Triton Trumpet Snail
Charonia tritonis (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Littorinimorpha »  family Ranellidae - Tritons »  genus Charonia

Scientific synonyms

Charonia seguenziae

Other names

= Giant Triton Shell
= Triton's Trumpet


The largest shell of this family reaches 353 mm in height and 188 mm in width, with tall spire and worn apex; whorls marked by thick, rounded spiral ridges, fine lines intermediately and many varices, the subsutural flat ridge bearing many nodules, oval aperture bordered by inner lip bearing many plaits, and outer lip having pairs of flat reddish-brown teeth on its inner margin; operculum horny, anterior siphon slightly curved; ground colour yellowish-red, with yellowish-brown or reddish-brown fish-scale like marks, interior orange-red and glossy. Distribution: Taiwan Province and Xisha Islands (Hainan Province) of China; Tropical Indo-Western Pacific. Ecology: Live in rock or coral crevices at about several metres depth.


Zhongyan, QI : Seashells of China
Author: Jan Delsing

Included taxa

Number of records: 2

subspecies Charonia tritonis tritonis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Charonia tritonis tritonis

subspecies Charonia tritonis variegata (Lamarck, 1816)

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Charonia tritonis Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Charonia tritonis (LINNÉ, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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