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Precious Wentletrap

Epitonium scalare (Linnaeus 1758)

Epitonium scalare

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Epitonium scalare, common name the precious wentletrap, is a predatory or ectoparasitic species of marine gastropod with an operculum, in the family Epitoniidae, the wentletraps.[1]

In the 17th and 18th century this was once considered to be a very rare shell and specimens changed hands for large sums of money. Johan de la Faille and Cosimo III de' Medici owned a wentletrap.

Distribution

This species is distributed in the Red Sea, in the Indian Ocean along Madagascar and South Africa, in the South West Pacific Ocean and along Fiji Islands and Japan.

Shell description

Adult shells of this species attain a length of between 25 mm to 72 mm.[2]

Many Epitonium species have shells that are very attractive and quite interesting in their structure. However this species is particularly striking, partly because it is very large compared with the great majority of other species within the genus, but also because the whorls themselves do not touch and so the shell is held together only by the well-developed ribs or costae.

The shell of Epitonium scalare has sculpture consisting of raised ribs that are known as costae. Costae are a very common feature in shells of many Epitonium species.

References

  1. ^ a b Rosenberg, G. (2010). Epitonium scalare (Linnaeus, 1758). In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207942 on 2010-11-22
  2. ^ "Epitonium scalare (Linnaeus, 1758) The Precious Wentletrap". Jacksonville Shell Club, accessed 12 March 2010.
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Epitonium scalare: Brief Summary

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Epitonium scalare, common name the precious wentletrap, is a predatory or ectoparasitic species of marine gastropod with an operculum, in the family Epitoniidae, the wentletraps.

In the 17th and 18th century this was once considered to be a very rare shell and specimens changed hands for large sums of money. Johan de la Faille and Cosimo III de' Medici owned a wentletrap.

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Epitonium scalare ou Scalaire précieuse est une espèce de mollusques gastéropodes de la famille des Epitoniidae. C'est une rareté mythique recherchée par les collectionneurs de coquillages : il est pêché de nos jours à grande profondeur par des chaluts dans les Philippines mais il est rarement remonté intact car il est fragile[1].

  • Taille : 2,5 à 7 cm[2].
  • Répartition : nord-ouest de l'océan Indien, Fidji, Japon, sud-ouest du Pacifique.

Ce coquillage a des mâchoires coupantes et se nourrit d'anémones de mer et de coraux.

Philatélie

Ce mollusque figure sur une émission du Laos de 1993 (valeur faciale : 30 k) ainsi que sur un timbre du Japon 1989 (val. 62 yen).

Notes et références

  1. Giorgio Gabbi (ill. Monica Falcone), Coquillages : étonnants habitants des mers, Éditions White Star, 2008, 168 p. (ISBN 978-88-6112-131-7), p. Coquillages du monde : Epitonium scalare - Scalaire précieuse page 138
  2. Collectif (trad. Michel Beauvais, Marcel Guedj, Salem Issad), Histoire naturelle [« The Natural History Book »], Flammarion, mars 2016, 650 p. (ISBN 978-2-0813-7859-9), Epitonium scalare page 305

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Epitonium scalare: Brief Summary

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Epitonium scalare ou Scalaire précieuse est une espèce de mollusques gastéropodes de la famille des Epitoniidae. C'est une rareté mythique recherchée par les collectionneurs de coquillages : il est pêché de nos jours à grande profondeur par des chaluts dans les Philippines mais il est rarement remonté intact car il est fragile.

Taille : 2,5 à 7 cm. Répartition : nord-ouest de l'océan Indien, Fidji, Japon, sud-ouest du Pacifique.

Ce coquillage a des mâchoires coupantes et se nourrit d'anémones de mer et de coraux.

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