Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa
Cypraeidae

Talostolida teres

(Gmelin, 1791)
Shell: small to moderately small, elliptical to sub-cylindrical, ranging from 10-37 mm. Spire flat to invert, partially concealed. Teeth: 21 to 26 columellar teeth; 20 to 24 labral teeth. Sculpture: smooth, porcelaneous, outer lip calloused. Exterior colour blue grey, crossed by squarish blotches forming 3 axial bands; heavily dusted with tan freckles; brown blotch centrally on the dorsum; base and margins cream to ivory with prominent diffuse, brown spots on the margins. Mantle line indistinct.


Specimens

Amity Point,  Australia
Size: 31.6mm    Collected: 2020
Collected by diver at 8-12m.

Hutchinson,  Australia
Size: 25mm    Collected: 2019
Found dead in sand and coarse rubble in 10m of water

Hutchinson,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 2013
Collected dead in sand at about 13m.

Subspecies: Talostolida teres teres  (Gmelin, 1791)

Langford Reef,  Australia
Size: 27.15mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from rubble at 3-5m by diver.
Inflated margin with distinct spots.
Naru Gap,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2001
found dead on coral reef in 10m of water

forma: subfasciata  (Link, 1807)

Malaita,  Solomon Islands
Size: 24.13mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from sponges in cave at 8-10m at night by diver.

Deku dekuru,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2002
found dead on coral reef in 10m of water

Port Moresby,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 1984
found dead on coral reef in 2m of water

Quayles Reef,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 2001
found dead on coral reef in 10m of water

Kali Bay,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 25mm    Collected: Unknown
No data.

Subspecies: Talostolida teres teres  (Gmelin, 1791)

Rabaul,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 31.18mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from Rabaul Market.
Inflated margin with distinct spots.
Port Vila,  Vanuatu
Size: 10mm    Collected: Unknown
Purchased at local markets.

Subspecies: Talostolida teres janae  (Lorenz, 2002)
This subspecies is more cylindrical, very calloused, with labral teeth extending onto the lip and margins finely spotted on each side. From Polynesia.
Tahiti,  French Polynesia
Size: 17.3mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from under dead coral inside lagoon at 1-2m.

Subspecies: Talostolida teres alveolus  (Tapparone Canefri, 1882)

Cebu,  Philippines
Size: 37.95mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from under coral slabs at low tide.

Subspecies: Talostolida teres alveolus  (Tapparone Canefri, 1882)

near Kalimantan,  Indonesia
Size: 25.26mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from sand and under coral slabs amongst live coral at 5-20m.

Subspecies: Talostolida teres alveolus  (Tapparone Canefri, 1882)

Nungwi,  Tanzania
Size: 27.25mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from under dead coral at low tide.