Nautilus macromphalus

Scientific name Nautilus macromphalus
Descriptor Sowerby
Year of description 1848
IUCN category NE
Family Nautilidae
Genus Nautilus
Nautilus macromphalus Nautilus macromphalus


Nautilus macromphalus is a salt water mollusc.

Who is it?


  • Size
    14 - 16 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Chromatophores
  • Motif
    diagonal stripes
  • Size
    14 - 16 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Chromatophores
  • Motif
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize Nautilus macromphalus ?

Nautilus macromphalus measures between 14 and 16 cm. This mollusc is bicolore with a predominantly marron and blanc body. The also has marron diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet

Nautilus macromphalus is a mollusc solitary naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although Nautilus macromphalus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

Nautilus macromphalus is a mollusc ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    20 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 500 m

Biotope presentation

Nautilus macromphalus is most often found at a depth between 0m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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