Pyramid Top Shells

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Tectus spp. - Montfort, 1810
Pyramid Top Shells

These are active, beneficial grazers for the reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

These are active grazers and good reef aquarium animals. Their shells are conical, coiled, various colors, generally tans or browns; often with fine spiral ridges and beading. They have a circular aperture; lack an anterior spout or tube. They have a brown, horny operculum to seal aperture during retraction. Their shell whorls lack noticeable swelling, so shell forms a smooth-sided cone. Eyes are located at the base of a large tentacle on either side of the head. Numerous small and several larger (typically eight) sensory tentacles extend from the aperture on each side and behind.

Family: Trochidae

Other common name(s):

  • Tectus Snails

Native range:

Maximum length: 7.6 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 3.8 L (1 gal)

Lighting: Must be sufficient to support healthy algal growth.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Wholly herbivorous grazers that must have a tank with a good growth of diatoms and microalgae.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Beneficial reef aquarium animals.

[edit] Special Care

Add only a few at a time. If overstocked, they will starve.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

These snails will reproduce well in some systems.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Pyramid Top ShellsRDF feed
Common name Pyramid Top Shells  +, and Tectus Snails  
Family Trochidae  +
Genus Tectus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Lighting Must be sufficient to support healthy algal growth.  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 1 gal  +
Native range Tropical Seas  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +