TOPS & TURBANS
A diverse group of herbivorous snails, that develop mostly conical hat-shaped and operculate shells. The variety is as rich as the color palettes; in fact it is hard to put together a group of 12 species up for display, and I feel I left out some of the most popular taxa, perhaps I´ll complete my work later when I have good representatives to exhibit.
Menke, K.T., 1843
35.7mm. Esperance, West Australia.
An uncommon, large Calliostoma, that can be solid dark flesh or delicately patterned like the beautiful example shown here.
Von Ihering, 1907
40.2mm. Rio de Janeiro E. Brazil.
A large, and finely sculptured south brazilian species, that is uncommonly found by divers. This shell is specially big.
32.8mm. Santa Cruz, California.
Perhaps the prettiest, most stunning member of the genus. When fresh it is iridescent dark gold with contrasting intense violet rings.
A really gorgeeous species when it is free of scars, which is seldom. The pure gold colored shell is large, with beaded spiral ribbons.
Smith, E.A., 1907
60.6mm. East China Seas.
A handsome, trawled species, that is among the largest within its family. These are usually pearlized and sold as decoration.
28.8mm. Mediterranean Morocco.
A common Mediterranean Sea species. The candy cane pattern seen in this deep water specimen is exceptional.
30.2mm. SE Florida.
A rare coral reef dweller that is poorly known and among the prettiest of all tops. The depicted specimen is rather lightly colored.
64.4mm. Northland. New Zealand.
A large top shell, from a genus that is endemic to New Zealand. This pretty specimen is very big and very dark.
Philippi, R.A., 1846
21.8mm. SE. Zanzibar.
A small, common shell, used in abundantly in crafts; yet probably among the most beautiful of all shells.
Dall, W.H., 1881
39.1mm. Louisiana. USA.
A special beauty among shells: Smooth and globose, with a naturally opalescent, nacreous glow, under its matte surface.
Another naturally pearlescent, deep water shell. This is also quite lightweight and large for the family
38.4mm. California. USA.
A rather plain looking shell that is commonly found beached. The bright apple green columellar callus is unique among shells.