Green Star Shell

Green Star Shell
Lithopoma tuber (Linnaeus, 1758)

The Green Star Shell is rare on S. Hutchinson Island, I haver three in my collection.

Green Star Shell (S. Hutchinson Island, December 2020)

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Mollusca
Class:     Gastropoda
Subclass:     Vetigastropoda
Order:     Trochida
Superfamily:     Trochoidea
Family:     Turbinidae
Genus:     Lithopoma
Species:     L. tuber
Binomial name
Lithopoma tuber
(Linnaeus, 1758

    Astraea dominicana A. H. Verrill, 1950
    Astraea tuber (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Astraea tuber dominicana A. H. Verrill, 1950
    Astraea venezuelensis Flores & Caceres, 1984
    Astralium tuber Linnaeus, 1758
    Cidaris tuberculata Röding, 1798
    Imperator tuber Linnaeus, 1758
    Trochus tuber Linnaeus, 1758

Lithopoma tuber, common name the green star shell, is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Turbinidae, the turban snails.[1][2]

The size of the shell varies between 25 mm and 75 mm. The imperforate, very solid shell has a turbinate-conic shape. Its color pattern is dirty white or pale green, radiately maculated with brown above, irregularly marked and lighter below. The shell contains six whorls. The upper two are smooth by erosion, the following whorls are obliquely coarsely plicate and finely wrinkled in the same direction above, somewhat shouldered. They are obtusely angular near the periphery, above which several obscure beaded lirae revolve, shagreened by intersection of incremental striae and oblique wrinkles. The base of the shell is nearly smooth. The oval aperture is very oblique and silvery within. The short columella is wide, and generally bituberculate at the base, excavated over the location of the umbilicus.

The operculum is oval, its nucleus sublateral. Its outside is white or slightly brownish, very convex, nearly smooth, and excavated near the center.[3]

This marine species occurs off Southeast Florida, USA and off the West Indies.

This species occurs at depths between 0 m and 30 m.

Lithopoma tuber (Linnaeus, 1758). Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 5 October 2011.
Alf A. & Kreipl K. (2011) The family Turbinidae. Subfamilies Turbininae Rafinesque, 1815 and Prisogasterinae Hickman & McLean, 1990. In: G.T. Poppe & K. Groh (eds), A Conchological Iconography. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. pp. 1-82, pls 104-245.

    G.W. Tryon (1888), Manual of Conchology X; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (described as Astralium tuber)

    Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae. 10th ed., vol. 1: 824 pp. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae
    Röding, P. F. 1798. Museum Boltenianum. viii + 199 pp. Hamburg.
    Verrill, A. H. 1950. New subspecies from the West Indies. Conchological Club of Southern California, Minutes 101: 5–7.
    Turgeon, D.; Quinn, J.F.; Bogan, A.E.; Coan, E.V.; Hochberg, F.G.; Lyons, W.G.; Mikkelsen, P.M.; Neves, R.J.; Roper, C.F.E.; Rosenberg, G.; Roth, B.; Scheltema, A.; Thompson, F.G.; Vecchione, M.; Williams, J.D. (1998). Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates from the United States and Canada: mollusks. 2nd ed. American Fisheries Society Special Publication, 26. American Fisheries Society: Bethesda, MD (USA). ISBN 1-888569-01-8. IX, 526 + cd-rom pp.

External links
"Lithopoma tuber". Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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