Nautilus pp 421-432 | Cite as

Adolescent Growth and Maturity in Nautilus

  • Desmond Collins
  • Peter D. Ward
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 6)


The shell of Nautilus is commonly thought to be fully mature when it has certain characteristics, namely, a white venter, a thickened apertural edge, a black band along the inside of the aperture, a pronounced ocular sinus on each side, a marked thickening of the final septum, and approximation of the final septa (Stenzel, 1964). This chapter will examine and evaluate these and other putative indicators of maturity and will endeavor to show how mature modifications develop in the ontogeny of the animal.


Black Band Mature Modification Marked Thickening Apertural Edge Putative Indicator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Desmond Collins
    • 1
  • Peter D. Ward
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Invertebrate PalaeontologyRoyal Ontario MuseumTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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