Tritonoturris menecharmes

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Tritonoturris menecharmes
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Original image of a shell (and the protoconch) of Tritonoturris menecharmes
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda
Order: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Raphitomidae
Genus: Tritonoturris
Species:
T. menecharmes
Binomial name
Tritonoturris menecharmes
(J.C. Melvill, 1923)
Synonyms [1]

Veprecula menecharmesMelvill, 1923

Tritonoturris menecharmes is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Raphitomidae. [1]

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Subspecies

Description

The length of the shell varies between 8 mm and 30 mm.

(Original description) The delicate, turreted shell has an pale ochreous-brown color, or is (var. albescens) pure white. The shell contains 8-9 whorls. The protoconch itself is globular, plain, the next beautifully but microscopically cancellate, the remainder longitudinally acutely costate, angled above. They are crossed by, in full-grown specimens, on the upper whorls, two, on the body whorl four, spiral raised ribs. The interstitial spacesare quadrate, smooth and acutely echinate at the points of junction. The number of the ribs on the body whorl is eleven to twelve. The aperture is oblong. The outer lip is incrassate, without 5-echinate, within obscurely denticulate. The sinus is fairly broad and conspicuous. The, columellar margin is straight and multiplicate. The siphonal canal is abbreviate and slightly recurved. [2]

Distribution

This marine species occurs off Mauritius, Taiwan and the Philippines.

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