Onustus caribaeus

Onustus caribaeus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Xenophoroidea
Family: Xenophoridae
Genus: Onustus
Species: O. caribaeus
Binomial name
Onustus caribaeus
(Petit de la Saussaye, 1857)

Xenophora caribaea Petit de la Saussaye, 1857

Onustus caribaeus is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Xenophoridae, the carrier shells.[1]


The shells can reach a maximum height of 45mm, in average 37mm. The diameter of the base reaches a maximum length of 88mm, in average 60mm. The colour of the dorsum is yellowish-white.[2]


Onustus caribaeus is distributed in the North-eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and along the Atlantic coast of Brazil between 35m and 640m (mostly deeper than 100m).[2]


  1. ^ a b Onustus caribaeus (Petit de la Saussaye, 1857). WoRMS (2010). Onustus caribaeus (Petit de la Saussaye, 1857). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=468051 on 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b Kreipl, K. & Alf, A. (1999): Recent Xenophoridae. 148 pp. incl. 28 color plts. ConchBooks, Hackenheim, ISBN 3-925919-26-0.