How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Chlorostoma funebralis, the most common turban snail in our area, is black, the shell is often worn, and has a closed umbilicus. Tegula gallina has a black shell with gray flecks. Tegula aureotincta has an umbilicus which is bright yellowish-orange.
Geographical Range: Los Angeles, CA to Bahia Magdalena, Baja California
Depth Range: Middle and low intertidal
Habitat: On rocks and rubble.
The radula is similar
to that of T. mariana, a species that lives in Baja
General Notes and Observations: Locations, abundances, unusual behaviors:
Underside of Tegula eiseni. Note the open umbilicus. This specimen has a hermit crab inside (claws visible)
Authors and Editors of Page:
Dave Cowles (2005): Created original page. Edited by Dave Cowles 2011