Scaled False Triton Shell
Falso Escala Triton
(Phyllocoma scalariformis)

Scaled False Triton Shell, Phyllocoma scalariformis: The Scaled False Triton Shell is fairly easy to identify due to its all white appearance with well-developed spiral ribs crossed by almost equal axial ribs with strong varices and an inner lip with flaring.

Notably, the shell is very eloquent being sculptured by its spiral and axial ribs.

The aperture is white without prominent teeth.

They reach a maximum length of 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) and a maximum width of 2.5 cm (1.0 inch).

They are found throughout the Sea of Cortez and along the coast of the Mexican mainland south to Guatemala at depths up to 30 feet.

The Scaled False Triton Shells is deemed to be exceedingly rare and commands high prices via internet trade.

The Scaled False Triton Shell is an exquisite member of the Muricidae Family and which consists of a number of species of medium to large size gastropods varying in length from 3 to 13 cm. Members of the Phyllocoma Genus go via the common name of triton shells. The shells are generally squat, short-spired, and solid with a large body whorl. The sculpture varies according to the species but generally consists of ribs, riblets, nodules, and tubercles. The animals are predatory, living in rocky environments close to shore or in the intertidal zone.

Scaled False Triton Shell picture

Scaled False Triton Shell picture

Scaled False Triton Shell, Phyllocoma scalariformis: Provided by the commercial fishermen of the greater Los Cabos area, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in March 2010. Size 3.0 cm (1.2 inches) x 2.0 cm (0.8 inches). Description and photos courtesy of John Snow.