Talparia talpa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Talparia talpa
Talparia talpa
Steve Smith
Friday, 13 January 2017
N W Solitary Island

Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-West Pacific region, from Tanzania and the Red Sea to Fiji and Hawaii. In Australia recorded from the tropical north of the continent, along the east coast of Queensland south to northern New South Wales. Southernmost record South West Rocks.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents intertidal and subtidal areas of coral and rocky reef to a depth of 30m.

Additional Notes:

Unmistakeable mantle colouration aids identification. Dorsal surface of shell pale to darker brown, with three indistinct fawn bands. Base, sides and teeth dark brown. Grows to 85mm.