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Terebellum terebellum Terebellum conch

Terebellum terebellumis commonly referred to as Terebellum conch. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

Profilbild Urheber Rafi Amar, Israel

Form mit Punktmuster, nach Rücksprache mit Philippe Poppe eine Unterart Terebellum terebellum f. punctulorum
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Terebellum terebellum 
Kleine Bohrerschnecke 
Terebellum Conch 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Littorinimorpha (Order) > Seraphsidae (Family) > Terebellum (Genus) > terebellum (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Kuwait, Australia, Bali, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Coral sea, Eastern Indian Ocean, Fiji, Guam, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Micronesia, Moluccas, Myanmar, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Quatar, Queensland (Australia), Raja Amat, Red Sea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sulawesi, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Western Australia, Western Indian Ocean 
Sea depth:
1 - 56 Meter 
1.97" - 2.76" (5cm - 7cm) 
24,5 °F - 138.2 °F (24,5°C - 59°C) 
Algae, Herbivorous, Phytoplankton 
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Not available as offspring 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2020-12-22 13:57:37 


Terebellum terebellum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Terebellum terebellum used to be considered one of the Strombidae, but now is put in its own family, the Seraphsidae.

They are reasonably common buried in sand in lagoon and seaward reef areas. It is a very active animal capable or rapidly burying in the sand, hopping away, or even swimming several meters through the water. It appears to spin its foot kind of like a propeller for swimming. A rather thin and fragile shell, it would probably be easy prey if it could not move so quickly. Some have called it the fastest snail.
Marshall Islands specimens have been found between about 5 and 20m depth. This species is known to be distributed widely in the Indo-Pacific, from east Africa and the Red Sea to the Marshalls and Samoa.

Terebellum terebelllum was on sand at Puri Jati. Shells found in the dark sands of Bali are much darker in color than those that live in the white corals sands of the Marshall Islands.

Source: Kwajalein Underwater

Synonymised names:
Conus terebellum Linnaeus, 1758 (original combination)
Terebellum lineatum Röding, 1798
Terebellum punctulatum Röding, 1798
Terebellum subulatum Lamarck, 1811
Terebellum terebellum f. lineatum Röding, 1798
Terebellum terebellum f. punctulatum Röding, 1798

Direct children (3):
Subspecies Terebellum terebellum delicatum Kuroda & Kawamoto, 1956 accepted as Terebellum delicatum Kuroda & Kawamoto, 1956 (original rank)
Forma Terebellum terebellum f. lineatum Röding, 1798 accepted as Terebellum terebellum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Forma Terebellum terebellum f. punctulatum Röding, 1798 accepted as Terebellum terebellum (Linnaeus, 1758)

External links

  1. Kwajalein Underwater (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  2. Kwajalein Underwater 2 (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  3. Kwajalein Underwater 3 (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  4. Kwajalein Underwater 4 (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  5. Ocean Biodiversity Information System (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  6. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  7. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.



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