Turbo undulata Click to enlarge image
Turban Snail, Turbo undulata Image: Dr Isobel Bennett
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    undulata
    Genus
    Turbo
    Family
    Turbinidae
    Class
    Gastropoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5 cm

Identification

Called a Turban Snail because of the pattern and shape of its shell, this medium- to large-sized snail feeds on algae on rock platforms.

Habitat

Turban snails live on intertidal rock platforms to a depth of 10 metres.

Distribution

Turban Snails are found in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania

Other behaviours and adaptations

If you lift a Turban Snail from its position on the rock, the animal will retreat inside its shell and close the 'door' or operculum. The operculum is a hard protective covering that grows with the snail. When the snail dies, these round white 'shells' with brown whorls on the underside are often found washed up on beaches and used for jewelry.