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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

José H. Leal

Family Calliostomatidae


Calliostoma tampaense

(Conrad, 1846)

Tampa Bay Top Snail

Shell size to 25 mm; shell turbinate, with sharp spire and indistinct suture. Sculpture of fine spiral cords. Color red-brown with gray and white streaks. Photo of the live animal was taken by Amy Tripp at Kice Island, Collier County, in January 2011. The additional images show a Tampa Bay Top Snail adhering to a tank wall; notice the shape of the foot, tentacles, epipodial tentacles (projecting away from the foot), and the mouth with jaws (yellow) and radula (white).

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