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Atlantic Hairy Triton

SeaShell News: Atlantic Hairy Triton, Shelling, Captiva

SeaShell News, 3-20-15, Atlantic Hairy Triton By Bree Anne (Bryan) Buckley Via Creative Commons.
SeaShell News, 3-20-15, Atlantic Hairy Triton By Bree Anne (Bryan) Buckley Via Creative Commons.

SeaShell News, 3-20-15, Atlantic Hairy Triton, Shelling, Captiva.

“Atlantic hairy triton
Cymatium aquatile
Linnaeus, 1758

Description:
The shell has a blunt conical spire, with weak knobs. The opening extends far down, thus making the last winding appear to be larger. Over the outer shell is a soft skin-like layer with hair-like protrusions, called the periostracum. The living animal is white with dark, round spots. Color of the shell is usually brown.
Size: the shell can reach up to 10 cm.

Habitat:
The animal lives on coral reefs.
Depth: ranges from 6 m down to 25 m.

Distribution:
Occasional all over the Caribbean.

Remarks:
In most countries it is illegal to bring back these shells from holidays.”

Source:  Atlantic Hairy Triton.