Turbo petholatus Linnaeus, 1758

Turbo petholatus is moderately common at Kwajalein, found mostly on pinnacle and seaward reefs, where they live under rocks and in ledges on the hard substrate. At night they will emerge from seaward reef caves to graze. Empty shells are seen much more often than living animals.

The thick calcareous operculum of Turbo petholatus is smooth and shiny, blending from white to orange brown around the periphery with a large green spot in the center.

Created 26 April 2017

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