Acteon tornatilis

Acteon tornatilis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Acteon tornatilis @ San Cristobo (Ría de Ferrol) 10.07.2007 by Victoriano Urgorri
Class: Gastropoda Cuvier, 1797
Subclass: Heterobranchia J.E. Gray, 1840
informal group: Lower Heterobranchia (Allogastropoda) Haszprunar, 1985
Superfamily: Acteonoidea d’Orbigny, 1843
Family: Acteonidae d’Orbigny, 1835
Genus: Acteon de Montfort, 1810
Species: Acteon tornatilis (Linnaeus, 1758) [Voluta]


  • Acteon augustoi Nobre, 1932
  • Acteon candidulus Monterosato, 1923
  • Acteon semistriatus Glibert, 1952
  • Acteon subulatus Wood S., 1848
  • Acteon tornatilis var. ancilla Monterosato, 1917
  • Acteon tornatilis var. bullaeformis Jeffreys, 1867
  • Acteon tornatilis var. bulliaeformis Jeffreys, 1867
  • Bulla tornatilis Linnaeus, 1758 (original)
  • Tornatella fasciata Lamarck, 1816
  • Tornatella pellucida MacGillivray, 1843
  • Turbo ovalis da Costa, 1778
  • Voluta bifasciata Gmelin, 1791
  • Voluta luteofasciata Megerle von Mühlfeld, 1824
  • Voluta tornatilis Linnaeus, 1758




  • Acteon is the name of a mythological character who saw goddess Artemis bathing in a stream. As punishment, the goddess transformed him into a deer that was devoured by his own dogs.
  • Tornatilis, Latin word meaning “made on a lathe” or “rolled”.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Acteon tornatilis (z-200).
: GROC 2010-2011 : VIMAR
: Enric Madrenas : Manuel Ballesteros.
: João Pedro Silva : M@re Nostrum
: Bernard Picton : Other sources
: GBIF.ORG : Marine Regions


        Western Mediterranean:1 Stars
        Eastern Mediterranean:0.0 Stars
        Atlantic Ocean:0.0 Stars
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Bibliography based on the works by Steve Long, 2006. Bibliography of Opisthobranchia 1554-2000 and Gary McDonald, 2009. Bibliographia Nudibranchia, with later updates from other resources.

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Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes et al. (2012-2017) "Acteon tornatilis" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 28/08/2012, Accessed: 17/10/2017 at (

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