Green turban shell, Turbo marmoratus

Green turban shell, Turbo marmoratus. Heavy dull green shell with angular shoulder on body whorl, and large, pearlescent cream aperture.
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Gastropods are the largest class of molluscs, with about 80,000 species. Gastropod sea snails that live in tropical seas have plenty of nutrients to feed on, and develop bright, patterned shells which are thick and strong.

The green turban sea snail Turbo marmoratus is found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. These sea snails feed on algae. They have shells with thick layers of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, and are collected in large numbers to make jewellery and buttons.
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