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Lentigo Lentiginosus


Original Description of Strombus lentiginosus by Linnaeus, 1758, p. 743:

  • "S. testae labro antice trilobo incrassato, dorso verrucoso coronato, cauda obtusa."

Locus typicus: "Habitat in O. Asiae."

Linnaeus cited

  • Bonan. recr. 3. t. 300.
  • Barrel. rar. 1326. f. 4 & 1327. f. 5
  • Rumph. mus. t. 37. f. Q.
  • Gualt. test. t. 32. f. A.
  • Argenv. conch. t. 18. f. C.

History and Synonyms

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758: 743) (Strombus)

  • Syn.: Lambis rana Röding, 1798: 63


in Argenville, 1742, pl. 18, fig. C


Lentiginosa in Rumphius, 1766, pl. XXXVII, fig. Q


Strombus lentiginosus in Perry, 1811, pl. 12, fig. 5


Strombus lentiginosus in Cuvier, 1836, pl. 61, fig. 2, 2a, 2b

  • Fig. 2 Strombe grenouille. Strombus lentiginosus. Lamk. Coquille de grandeur naturelle, vue en dessus.
  • Fig. 2 a. La même, vue en dessous et contenant l'animal, figuré d'après MM. Quoy et Gaimard. Les tentacules, très grands, sont tronqués au sommet, et ils portent, sur cette tronquature, de très grands yeux d'une organisation au moins aussi avancée que celle des yeux des poissons. Ils sont représentés grossis. Fig. 2b


Strombus lentiginosus in Kiener, 1843, pl. ?, fig. 1


Strombus lentiginosus in Duclos, 1844, pl. 14, fig. 3

Strombus lentiginosus in Duclos, 1844, pl. 15, fig. 7, 8


Strombus lentiginosus Reeve, 1851, Strombus pl. 13, fig. 31


Aharoni, 1934 reported Strombus lentiginosus from the Mediterranean Sea (fide Kabasakal et al. 2005)


Giannuzzi-Savelli et al., 1997, p.128:

  • "563 Strombus (Lentigo) lentiginosus Linné, 1758 Distribuzione: occasionale immigrante lessepsiano Localita: Mar Rosso; h: mm 67"


Jeanette & Scott Johnson about Lentigo lentiginosus from Kwajalein Atoll:

  • "Lentigo lentiginosus are moderately uncommon in the Marshalls. They can be seen in some areas quite regularly, but unlike many other species, never in large numbers. They live in sandy and rubbly areas on lagoon reefs, pinnacles, and shallow portions of the seaward reef, where they frequently, but not always, bury in the sand during the day. They are often found in pairs at depths of about 3 to 13m, and adult shells range in size from about 65 to 90mm.

"The elongate tube irregularly striped with green and black on the right side is the proboscis, with its mouth at the very tip. Like all other strombs, this species grazes on algae."

All Photos of Kwajalein Atoll-specimens courtesy Scott & Jeanette Johnson, Kwajalein Atoll

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); ~25 ft. crawling on sand; Piti Channel, Guam; 06 Dec 2006; photo Bob Abela

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Manado, North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia; 2000; Photo Steven Weinberg

Specimens from private collections

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); North Tipalao Bay, Guam Island, Mariana Islands, Micronesia, USA, North Pacific Ocean; 1/1980; in sand pockets on reef, 35 feet, Scuba; 78,3 mm; Coll. Richard Salisbury

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Yona Island, Agat Bay, Guam Island, Mariana Islands, Micronesia, USA, North Pacific Ocean; 10/1973; in sand, at night, 3 feet, Snorkel; 63,8 mm; Coll. Richard Salisbury

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); USO Beach, Piti Bay, Guam Island, Mariana Islands, Micronesia, USA, North Pacific Ocean; 4/1977; in sand, 3 feet, at night, Scuba; 61,6 mm; Coll. Richard Salisbury

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Racha Islands (Raya), southeastern coast of Phuket, Thailand, Andaman Sea; by diver; 90 mm; Coll. René Vanwalleghem

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Bohol Island, Bohol Province, Central Visayas Region, Philippines; 59,6 mm; Coll. Aart Dekkers no. 1429

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Olango Island, Cebu Province, Central Visayas Region, Philippines; 78 mm; Coll. Christian Börnke

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); El Harish, Egypt, Mediterranean Sea; 54 mm; Coll. Ulrich Wieneke

  • Comment: Lessepsian species

Lentigo aff. lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Nuknukan Island, Bohol Province, Central Visayas Region, Philippines; 35 m depth by compressor diver; 9/2013; Coll. Mark Scott

Lentigo aff. lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Panglao Island, Bohol Province, Central Visayas Region, Philippines; taken by divers at 5–10m deep; 85.4 mm; Coll. Hitoshi Ikeda

  • Comment Hitoshi Ikeda: Hybrid lentiginosus x pipus?

Lentigo lentiginosus (Linnaeus, 1758); Sulu Island, Philippines; 68,9 mm; by compressor diver 5-10 m; Coll. Christian Börnke



  • J. Aharoni, 1934. From Asquelon to Rubin. Nature and Country, 2: 473-476 (in Hebrew).
  • Georges Cuvier, 1836. Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée; Edition accompagnée de planches gravées; Fortin, Masson et cie., Paris, Fulltext
  • R. Gianuzzi-Savelli, F. Pusateri, A. Palmeri and C. Ebreo, 1997. Atlante delle Conchiglie Marine del Mediterraneo, Volume 2, Caenogastropoda Parte 1: Discopoda-Heteropoda; Edizioni de "La Conchiglia", Roma; pp. 1-258.
  • H. Kabasakal, S.U. Karhan, E. Kabasakal, E. Kalkan, & G. Buzzurro, 2005. First Record of Strombus (Doxander) vittatus vittatus LINNAEUS, 1758 from the Mediterranean Sea, with a Brief Review of Strombids in the Levant Basin. Nachrichtenblatt der Ersten Vorarlberger Malakologischen Gesellschaft, 13, 63-66.

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