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Turbo perspeciosus (Iredale 1929)

Scaley Turban




Kirsten Lenske (2011)






 

 

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Overview

Brief Summary


Physical Description

Size


Appearance


Identification


Ecology

Local Distribution and Habitats


Biogeographical Distribution


Micro-habitats and Associations


Crypsis


Life History

Diet


Reproductive Biology


Larval Growth and Development


Evolution & Systematics

Fossil History


Evolutionary Past


Phylogenetics


Morphology and Physiology

External Morphology and Function


Muscular Foot Tenacity


Internal Anatomy


Molecular Biology & Genetics

Molecular Biology


Conservation

Trends


Threats


Wikipedia


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References


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Names & Taxonomy

Taxonomy


Related Names


Synonyms


Common Names

Crypsis

The Scaley Turban (Turbo perspeciosus) is a surprisingly cryptic species. Upon first glance, it may appear to be rather conspicuously coloured, boasting what on occasion is a bright, turquoise shell with coloured flecks throughout. However upon consideration of the micro-habitat within which the species occurs, this colouration and patterning allows them to blend in remarkably well with their surroundings. Observations of the species made on Heron Island (Marine Invertebrates Field Trip 2011) provide further evidence of the cryptic nature of the Scaley Turban.




Figure 1. Photograph hightlighting the ability of T. perspeciosis to camouflage against its surroundings. (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Budd 2011)


As would be expected, the ability of T. perspeciosis to camouflage itself within its micro-habitat provides significant protection again predation.

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Trochida
Superfamily
Trochoidea
Family
Turbinidae