Turbo militaris (Reeve, 1848)

Turbo imperialis
Turbo imperialis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 30 September 2013
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
7m
Turbo imperialis
Turbo imperialis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 30 September 2013
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
7m
Additional Notes: 

Obverse shown here.

Distribution:

Widespread throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout southern Queensland and New South Wales south to about Wollongong.

Ecological Notes:

Common in shallow inshore rocky reef areas, from shallow to at least 5m.

Additional Notes:

Some specimens are completely smooth, with a few showing incipient to strongly developed spines on the body whorl. Both forms may occur together on the same rock platform. Prone to over exploitation in the Solitary Islands Marine Park and now more common in the wave washed low intertidal zone. Size to 100mm length.