Turbo tuberculosus

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Turbo tuberculosus
Turbo necnivosus 003.jpg
Apertural view of a shell of Turbo tuberculosus with the operculum in place
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Turbinidae
Genus: Turbo
Species: T. tuberculosus
Binomial name
Turbo tuberculosus
Quoy & Gaimard, 1834
  • Turbo nivosa Reeve, 1848
  • Turbo (Marmarostoma) tuberculosus Quoy & Gaimard, 1834
  • Turbo (Taeniaturbo) necnivosus Iredale, T., 1929

Turbo tuberculosus is a species of medium-sized sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Turbinidae the turban snails.[1]

Some authors place this species in the subgenus Turbo (Marmarostoma).


The length of the shell varies between 17 mm and 40 mm. The impeforate, ventricose shell has an subovate-turreted shape with an acute spire that is transversely sulcate. The five whorls are convex and are longitudinally slightly striated. The color pattern is white or yellow, radialately flammulated with red or brown. The apex has a green shine. The inside of the round aperture is brightly white. A few whorls are tuberculate or covered with rather rough prickles. The tubercles form three or four rows on the body whorl.[2]


This marine species occurs off Australia (the Northern Territory & Western Australia); off New Caledonia, the Philippines and Tonga.


  • Alf A. & Kreipl K. (2003). A Conchological Iconography: The Family Turbinidae, Subfamily Turbininae, Genus Turbo. Conchbooks, Hackenheim Germany.
  • Williams, S.T. (2007). Origins and diversification of Indo-West Pacific marine fauna: evolutionary history and biogeography of turban shells (Gastropoda, Turbinidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2007, 92, 573–592.

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