Scaphella junonia

Scaphella junonia
Scaphella junonia.jpg
A shell of Scaphella junonia trawled by a shrimp boat off of the SW coast of Florida
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S. junonia
Binomial name
Scaphella junonia
(Lamarck, 1804)
Synonyms[1]
  • Voluta junonia Lamarck, 1804
  • Aurinia junonia Lamarck, 1804
  • Scapha junonia Lamarck, 1804
  • Maculopeplum junonia Lamarck, 1804
  • Scaphella butleri Clench, 1953
  • Scaphella johnstoneae Clench, 1953
  • Scaphella capelettii Petuch, 1994

Scaphella junonia, common names the junonia, or Juno's volute,[2] is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Volutidae, the volutes.

This species lives in water from 29 m to 126 m depth in the tropical Western Atlantic.[1] Because of its deepwater habitat, the shell usually only washes up onto beaches after strong storms, or hurricanes.

The species is named after the ancient Roman goddess Juno.

Distribution

Scaphella junonia is found throughout Florida to Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.[1][3]

  • A subspecies, Scaphella junonia johnstoneae, is found off of Alabama[1] and is the state shell of that state.[4]
  • Another subspecies, Scaphella junonia butleri, is found off of the Yucatan.[1]
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