Taxon profile


Cittarium pica (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  family Tegulidae »  genus Cittarium


Cittarium pica

Author: Jan Delsing

Cittarium pica

Author: Jan Delsing

Cittarium pica

Author: Jan Delsing


51 - 114 mm


Shell wide, almost as high. Conical, heavy; whitish or yellowish-white, with purplish-black splotches arranged in an irregular zigzag pattern. Whorls convex, with obscure, irregularly rough, slanting ribs and obscure spiral ridges. Body whorl rounded at periphery. Base smooth, pale with a few black markings. Umbilicus deep, funnel-shaped. Aperture round, white; upper part of inner lip with thick white callus bearing a short projection. Operculum circular, brown, horny, multispiral, with a central nucleus.


This large top shell is abundant in the West Indies, where it is commonly used by the natives for food. It once occurred in the Florida Keys, as evidenced by the occasional dead shells that are found there. The genus Cittarium was formerly called Livona.
In rocky areas, intertidally to just below low-tide level.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Cittarium pica 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 Cittarium pica (LINNÉ, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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