Is this the world's biggest 'Turbo' snail?

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This enormous gastropod is one of seven Giant turbo snails (Tectus niloticus) that recently arrived at TMC London.

'Giant' is definitely the right description as we here at PFK have never seen a Turbo snail as huge as the one shown here.

Tectus niloticus is a large growing species of sea snail — and despite the common name its being sold under, it's not technically a Turbo snail. Tectus have a shell length of around 15cm/6" — or in the case of this particular monster 16.5cm/6.5".

These snails are found in the Indo-Pacific and seaweed and algae are their main food source.

TMC tells us this specimen is likely to have an RRP of around £50.

Please note that TMC supplies to the trade only, however if you see something you like, your local dealer may be able to get it for you.

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