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Old 12/16/2007, 05:41 PM
alten78 alten78 is offline
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Yet another ID (whelk?)

Im thinking this is some sort of whelk, but exactly what it is still eludes me. I found only two of these little guys(very small shown next to one of the trochus by comparison,) they travel the rocks, glass, and sand...any thoughts appreciated.

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harder to really see but there it is...

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Old 12/16/2007, 05:46 PM
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I can't ID them, but you are very wise to get them ID'd. I personally do not trust any snail that looks like that until positively ID'd as a good guy.
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Old 12/16/2007, 06:04 PM
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I usually see the one at least a couple times a week being so small, but when I spotted the 2nd I figured its time to see what they are. Plus Im hoping to get a clam for christmas and don't want the possibilities of something making dinner out of it...ill hold off tossing these two little buggers into the 6 inches of snow we just got hammered with.
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Old 12/16/2007, 08:27 PM
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Both snails are columbellids, in the Dove Shell family (called "Strombus Grazers" by some suppliers or retailers). They shouldn't be a problem in your tank. The shell in the top photo is a juvenile, and the bottom one appears to have an adult lip. I think they are both variations of Pardalina testudinaria, a particularly variable species.

http://www.gastropods.com/3/Shell_3233.html

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Old 12/16/2007, 08:58 PM
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Thanks!
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Old 12/17/2007, 02:02 AM
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Hello,

I have them as well in my tanks (and also other colleagues) - they frequently lay eggs and spawn.

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