Turrilatirus turritus (Gmelin, 1791)

Turrilatirus turritus
Turrilatirus turritus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Location: 
SW Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Turrilatirus turritus
Turrilatirus turritus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Location: 
SW Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Indo-west Pacific, Indonesia, Mascarene Islands, Red Sea and Mauritius. In Australia known from eastern Queensland.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents coral and rocky reef areas. Probably rarely seen due to its cryptic habit of secretion under rocks and coral slabs.

Additional Notes:

Fusiform (spindle shaped), chocolate brown in colour with lighter coloured radial rings. The exposed foot is a red/orange colour, operculum dark brown to black, see lower photo, obverse shown. Grows to 4cm.