Tutufa bubo

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Tutufa bubo
Tutufa bubo 01.JPG
Five views of a shell of Tutufa bubo
Scientific classification
T. bubo
Binomial name
Tutufa bubo
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Bursa bubo Linnaeus
  • Bursa lampas C. Linnaeus, 1758
  • Bursa rubeta gigantea Smith, E.A., 1914
  • Murex rana var. bubo Linnaeus, 1758
  • Bursa bubo lissostoma

Tutufa (Tutufa) bubo, common name the "giant frog snail" or "giant frog shell", is a species of extremely large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Bursidae, the frog shells.[1]


The solid shell is large. The sculpture is coarse. The length of an adult shell varies between 100 mm and 337 mm.


This frog shell is found in the tropics from low water to depths up to 180 m, mainly among rocks and coral. It occurs in the Red Sea and in the Indo-Pacific Oceans.


  1. ^ a b Tutufa bubo (Linnaeus, 1758). WoRMS (2010). Tutufa (Tutufa) bubo (Linnaeus, 1758). In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=476597 on 5 October 2012 .
  • WoRMS (2012). Tutufa (Tutufa) bufo (Röding, 1798). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=476598 on 2012-10-07
  • Vine, P. (1986). Red Sea Invertebrates. Immel Publishing, London. 224 pp.
  • Steyn, D.G. & Lussi, M. (1998) Marine Shells of South Africa. An Illustrated Collector’s Guide to Beached Shells. Ekogilde Publishers, Hartebeespoort, South Africa, ii + 264 pp. page(s): 72

External links[edit]

  • "Tutufa (Tutufa) bubo". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 16 January 2019.