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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Colored Moon Snail (Natica canrena)moving across the ocean floor at Phil Foster Park in West Palm Beach, Florida


"This is a snail rather than a slug. This animal is a marine moon snail of the family Naticidae. Members of this family are carnivorous hunters, feeding on other snails and bivalves, often by boring a hole through their shell. The head shield, clearly has the same function as the head shield in the cephalaspidean bubble shells, aiding the animal in burrowing through the sand. However, like the wings of birds, bats and butterflies, the head shields of bubble shells and naticids have evolved independently of each other
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Sep 5). Comment on Slug-like snail from Florida by Paul Osmond.
[Message in] Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find.cfm?id=10877"

· Date: Mon September 1, 2003 · Reference ID: /222003_0829_224528AA_1 · Views: 6622 ·
Keywords: Phil Foster Park West Plam Beach Florida Night Dive Shore Muck

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