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Black Turban Snail: More Information

Description: These turban snails are called “black” because their bodies are black: the shells are charcoal gray.  A bit rough in texture, patches of the outside of the shell often erode to purplish and the top of the spire usually wears down to the white mother-of-pearl beneath.  Rather squat, with a short spire of rounded whorls, black turban snails can grow to about 1½” high and wide.

Taxonomy:

  Kingdom Animalia  -- Animal, animals, animaux  
     Phylum Mollusca  -- molluscs, mollusks, mollusques, molusco  
        Class Gastropoda Cuvier, 1797 -- caracol, caramujo, escargots, gastéropodes, gastropods, lesma, limaces, slugs, snails  
           Subclass Prosobranchia Milne-Edwards, 1848  
              Order Archaeogastropoda Thiele, 1925  
                 Family Trochidae Rafinesque, 1815  
                    Genus Tegula Lesson, 1835  
                       Species Tegula funebralis (A. Adams, 1855) -- black tegula, black turban snail

Taxonomic information source: ITIS.gov