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Old 05/23/2007, 02:12 PM
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Please Help ID these snails

Hello,

I found these snails stuck together and under my zoo's, I don't know what type these are and I know that I've never added any of these guys to my tank outside of them being hitch hikers. Any info on them is great (ie. if they are beneficial or a pest).
Also, baby Trochus snails have been appearing, but they are definitely a different color than these guys (purple/pink and white)
These are more black/brown and white.



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Old 05/23/2007, 03:16 PM
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Those are sundial snails. They eat zooanthids, thats why they were under the colony.
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Old 05/23/2007, 03:30 PM
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these are very unique animals, you most likely have a pair. You can keep them happy by feeding them a steady supply of zoanthids. They make rather unique pets.
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Old 05/23/2007, 03:33 PM
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If they eat my zoos then I guess they are definitely not wanted....how do you get rid of them if there are more? Do you just pick them off?
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Old 05/23/2007, 08:45 PM
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I'm with venwu225 don't throw out this snails if you can't keep them in another tank and feed them sometimes with some zoa try to gift them to somebody who like them
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Old 05/23/2007, 11:15 PM
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I'm pretty sure it is a sundial, but not 100% convinced. Can you post a closer clear picture of the shell opening?
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Old 05/24/2007, 02:55 PM
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Ok, so anyone want these unique pets? What makes sundials so unique outside of eating prized zoo's?
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Old 05/24/2007, 04:44 PM
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It's a Heliacus species for sure. Was it feeding on the red zoas or the green ones?



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Old 05/24/2007, 06:22 PM
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It was feeding on my Reds...pretty good guess though.
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Old 05/26/2007, 01:33 AM
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bump to get notified on new post. I want to follow this thread.

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Old 05/26/2007, 09:52 AM
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Old 06/01/2007, 06:40 PM
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It was feeding on my Reds...pretty good guess though.
"Marine Mollusks in Japan" (edited by Okutani) shows several photos of Heliacus snails feeding on their prey species. Even though the photos are too small to independently verify the snail ID's, they identify the species that feeds on the red zoa's as Heliacus areola.

http://www.gastropods.com/2/Shell_10032.html

The snails shown on the green zoas, and the ones I always found eating the green ones, are Heliacus variegatus.

http://www.gastropods.com/5/Shell_5765.html

If they are right, your snails should be Heliacus areola.

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