Monoplex parthenopeus (Salis Marschlins, 1793)

Monoplex parthenopeus
Monoplex parthenopeus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Location: 
Station Creek Headland
Depth: 
1m
Monoplex parthenopeus
Monoplex parthenopeus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Location: 
Station Creek Headland
Depth: 
1m
Common name: Hairy Triton
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from Lancelin in Western Australia around the south to northern NSW including northern Tasmania.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents shallow (to at least 18m) reef habitat.

Additional Notes:

A known predator of bi-valves, is regarded as a pest around oyster farms. Black and white markings around the aperture help in identification. Grows to about 150mm long.