Chicoreus pomum (Gmelin, 1791) On Deceased Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

    During one of her routine patrols of the beach at Cumberland Island, Georgia on May 14, 2009, biologist and long-time island resident Carol Ruckdeschel discovered a deceased Green Turtle washed onto the beach. While finding deceased turtles on the beach at Cumberland Island is unfortunately a routine occurrence (68 were found during 2006), the unique aspect of this particular find was that a live Chicoreus pomum was attached to the turtle's shell (see below right). Chicoreus pomum had previously been documented from the northeast Florida/southeastern Georgia area but the species is normally found at SCUBA diving depths. Interestingly, the northeast Florida specimens differ from those found further south by having a reddish to orange parietal shield instead of creamy white (see:  Chicoreus pomum (Gmelin, 1791) Apple Murex). The C. pomum measured 70 mm. while the turtle measured 33.5 cm. total carapace length and 28.5 cm. width.

Chicoreus pomum (Gmelin, 1791)

Chicoreus pomum (Gmelin, 1791) On Deceased Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)