Charonia lampas

red triton shell | Charonia lampas rubicunda
Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas, Cape Howe, Photo: Toni Cooper
Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas, Korora Reef, Photo: Ian Shaw
Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas, 1 of 2. Eden, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas, 2 of 2. Eden, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas
Charonia lampas


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Temperate northern Atlantic, Temperate northern Pacific


Black markings around the outer but not inner lip of the aperture. It feeds on sea urchins and sea stars, immobilising prey with toxic saliva extruded from the proboscis.


Max Size: 24 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 11.8-24.6°C

Depth: 0-200m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (9.5% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney