West Indian tegula: Family Tegulidae

West Indian tegula
Tegula lividomaculata (C. B. Adams, 1845)
Family Tegulidae

I have several West Indian Tegulas in my collection. They are a rare shell on S. Hutchinson Island.

West Indian Tegula (S. Hutchinson Island, January, 2021)

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Tegula lividomaculata
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tegula lividomaculata (shell)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Mollusca
Class:     Gastropoda
Subclass:     Vetigastropoda
Order:     Trochida
Superfamily:     Trochoidea
Family:     Tegulidae
Genus:     Tegula
Species:     T. lividomaculata
Binomial name
Tegula lividomaculata
(C. B. Adams, 1845) [1]

    Chlorostoma scalaris Philippi, 1844
    Chlorostoma turbinatum A. Adams
    Monilea turbinata Tenison Woods, 1877
    Monodonta lividomaculata C. B. Adams, 1845
    Tegula scalaris (C.B. Adams, 1845)
    Tegula semigranosa auct. non A. Adams, 1853
    Trochus canaliculatus d'Orbigny, 1842
    Trochus gundlachii Philippi, 1849
    Trochus indusii auct. non Gmelin, 1791
    Trochus scalaris Philippi, 1844

Tegula lividomaculata, common name the West Indian tegula, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Tegulidae.[2]


The size of the shell varies between 10 mm and 22 mm. The imperforate shell has a broadly ovate-conical shape. The color of the shell is a pale gray to brownish-white with small mottlings of dark brown or reddish brown. This mottling often occurs in axial streaks. The top of the rounded whorls show numerous, small spiral cords, with the largest cord on the angular periphery. The sutures are narrow. The base of the shell is slightly rounded. The aperture is almost round and has a curved lip. The inside of the lip is sulcate. The spiral platform descends into the deep and round umbilicus. It shows on its sides furrows of two spiral cords. The columella is set back far at its upper half and has several beads at its base.[3][4]

This species occurs abundantly under rocks at low tide in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico but rather uncommon in the Florida Keys; and off the Lesser Antilles at depths between 0 m and 2 m.

Adams, C. B. 1845. Specierum novarum conchyliorum, in Jamaica repertorum, synopsis. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 2: 1-17
Tegula lividomaculata (C. B. Adams, 1845). Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 20 April 2010.
R. Tucker Abbott (1954), American Seashells; Van Nostrand Rheinhold, New York

    udubon, Field Guide to North American Seashells; ISBN 0-394-51913-2

    d'Orbigny, A. 1842. Mollusques. Histoire Physique, Politique et Naturelle de l'île de Cuba 2: 1-112, pls. 10-21?. Arthus Bertrand: Paris.
    Philippi, R. A. 1844. Trochus. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer oder wenig gekannter Conchylien 1(6): 137–141, pl. 4
    Philippi, R. A. 1849. Centuria altera testaceorum novorum. Zeitschrift für Malakozoologie 5: 99-112
    Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. García. 2009. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579–699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.

External links
"Tegula lividomaculata". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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