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Trochus stellatus (Gmelin, 1791)

Topshell

Patricia Galvao Santos Reis (2013)

 

 

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Summary


Physical Description


Ecology


Behaviour


Life History, Anatomy & Physiology


Evolution & Systematics


Biogeographic Distribution


Conservation & Threats


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Summary

Trochus stellatus (Figure 1) is a mollusc: gastropoda member of the family Trochidae, that has a worldwide distribution. This species has a topshell, which is an important feature to the identification of this family. It is a herbivorous animal, and can be easily found under rocks, or exposed, at reef crest. There are very little researches about theirs ecology, behavior or even systematics studies.


 Figure 1. T. stellatus feeding on algae.

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Trochida
Superfamily
Trochoidea