Epitoniidae - Wentletraps

Epitoniidae, the wentletraps, usually have tall, cone-shaped shells with small apertures. Their spire is usually very long. The shells generally have blade-like axial ribs. Many are very small, not exceeding 1 inch in length. Wentletraps are carnivorous, eating mainly on sea anemones and coral. Besides their raspy tongue, they have jaws that can bite off chucks of their prey. They may live attached to their prey or in sand or rubble substrate. Texas has 23 species of wentletraps.