Distorsio clathrata

tiger shark | tiburón tigre

warp shell

Shell is strongly humped (more so in adult whorls) and appears deformed (warped), with an irregular apertural lip. Sculpture is cancellate, comprising fine spiral cords and coarser axial ribs.

Size: 35-50 mm.

Ecology: inhabits shallow-offshore (15-100 m) marine waters; on sediment surface; predatory carnivore that feeds on polychaete worms.

Geological range: Early Miocene-Recent (20-0 million years ago).

Geographic distribution: Caribbean – Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, and Venezuela; Pacific – Colombia and Ecuador.