Triviella millardi

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Triviella millardi
West coast baby's toes
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Triviella millardi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Velutinoidea
Family: Triviidae
Genus: Triviella
Species: T. millardi
Binomial name
Triviella millardi
(Cate, 1979)
Synonyms

Trivia millardi (Cate, 1979)

Triviella millardi is a species of small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Triviidae, the trivias.

Distribution[edit]

This snail is known around the South African coast from Port Nolloth to the Cape Peninsula in 10-30 m. It is endemic to that area.[1]

Description[edit]

Triviella millardi has a plump round white shell, which is usually completely covered with the yellowish mantle, which is variably streaked with white or may have dark spots.[2] It reaches a maximum size of 40 mm.

Ecology[edit]

The white-streaked form of this animal resembles the scribbled nudibranch, Doriopsilla miniata, which may cause fish predators to avoid it.

shell of Triviella millardi

References[edit]

  1. ^ LILTVED W.R. 2000. Cowries and their relatives of southern Africa ISBN 0-908420-89-7
  2. ^ BRANCH, G.M., BRANCH, M.L, GRIFFITHS, C.L. and BECKLEY, L.E (2005): Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 0-86486-672-0