|Calliostoma annulatum crawling on a kelp leaf|
Range of distribution
The shell height varies between 16 mm and 35 mm. The elevated-conic shell is imperforate and rather thin. This species is distinguished by its brilliantly colored shell, which is lustrous with a gold field, dotted with brown on the spiral rows of grains, the periphery or lower edge of each whorl encircled by a zone of violet or magenta stripes, the axis surrounded by a tract of the same. The brilliance of the colors fades somewhat once the animal dies. The thin shell shows numerous granulose spiral riblets, about 7 on the penultimate whorl, 9 or 10 on the base. It has few or none interstitial lirulae. The acute, reddish apex is minute. The sutures are slightly impressed. There are about 9 whorls, slightly convex, the last angular at periphery, flattened beneath. The rhomboidal aperture is oblique, fluted within. There is no umbilicus. The head and foot of the animal has a yellow-orange color with brown spots. This animal has a light amount of gold on its back so poachers like to capture them.
- Rosenberg, G. (2012). Calliostoma annulatum (Lightfoot, 1786). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=534197 on 2012-12-10
- Tryon (1889), Manual of Conchology XI, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia[permanent dead link]
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Calliostoma annulatum
- Race Rocks Taxonomy. Calliostoma annulatum
- Key to Invertebrates Found At or Near Walla Walla College Marine Station.
- Turgeon, D.D., et al. 1998. Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates of the United States and Canada. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 26 page(s), p. 61
- Calliostoma annulatum
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