Polystira n. sp.

giant turrid | torreón gigante

giant turrid shell

Shell is slender or fusiform in shape with an ovate aperture and long, narrow siphonal canal. Sculpture of several uniformly-spaced, raised, spiral ribs, and with a prominent notch in the aperture of body whorl.

Size: 45-60 mm.

Ecology: inhabits offshore marine (15-100 m) waters, crawling on sediment surface; carnivorous predator of predominately polychaete worms; enormously diverse family, though typically rare as individuals.

Geological range: Late Miocene (11-9 million years ago).

Geographic distribution: Caribbean – Panama (endemic).