Military Turban John Turnbull

Military Turban

Large solid marine snail (mollusc) with noticeable rounded spirals (whorls). Generally smooth but some individuals show 2 strongly developed rows of spines on the body; rown or dark green striped patterns on a lighter green/fawn background.

They are fished commercially for human consumption. They are also prized bait for fisherman and can be locally fished out in some areas.


Up to 100 mm long.

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What to Observe

Search area for 30 minutes and record the following:

  • Abundant: found easily with little searching

  • Frequent: found with minimal searching

  • Rare: only 1 or 2 individuals found with intensive searching

  • Not found: not present during search

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Throughout the year

Where To Look

  • Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, South Australia, and Western Australia
  • Common on rocky shores particularly in exposed areas and rock pools
  • Shells often wash up on beaches
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What Else?

Similar Species

It is difficult to confuse with any other mollusc because of its larger size, green to brown pattern and white operculum.