Caribbean flamingo tongue snail (Cyphoma gibbosum). Often mistakenly caught by shell collectors for its superb colours, its shell is in fact white. The bright colours are only due to the fleshy mantle of the living creature.
…is a colorful species of moon snail (Naticidae) that can be found throughout the waters of the Pacific. Like other moon snails N. orientalis is a predator and fees mainly on bivalves and other shelled molluscs. Once N. orientalis finds a prey item it will envelop the prey and bore a hole into its shell using its radula and a secretion. Once the hole is made it will insert its proboscis into the hole and consume it.
…is a species of moon snail (Naticidae) that occurs throughout European waters and in the Mediterranean sea. Like other moon snails N. hebraea is a predator and feeds mainly on bivalves, although they will attack other shelled molluscs as well. Once a prey item is sighted the snail will envelop the prey and bore a hole into its shell using an acid secretion and its radula. Once the hole is bored N. nebraea will insert its proboscis into the prey and consume it.
Also known as the granulated nassa, the granulated dog whelk is a species of nassariid gastropod (dog whelk) that occurs in the Indo-West Pacific. Like other nassariids N. graniferus typically inhabits mud flats or sandy bottoms and is an active scavenger, feeding on carrion and small invertebrates. N. graniferus is usually seen burrowed into the substrate with only its siphon showing, waiting until is ‘smells’ food.
…is a adorable species of helicinid land snail that is endemic to the island of Dominica in the West Indies. Like other snails this species makes its home on wet leaves, and is active after rainfall and in damp areas (usually in leaf litter). It is believed to feed on encrusting algae.
…a species of freshwater true whelk that occurs throughout southeast Asia, and is most common in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Like other members of Neogastropoda this species is a carnivore and will feed on other gastropods and worms. C.helena is also fairly popular in the aquarium trade and is used to hunt other ‘problem’ snails.
A new snail species with a beautifully translucent shell was recently discovered more than 3,000 feet (914 meters) underground in a Croatian cave.
A team of cavers and biologists with the Croatian Biospeleological Society discovered Zospeum tholussum in the Lukina Jama-Trojama cave systems of western Croatia — one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world — on an expedition to determine the cave’s depth. The team collected all animal specimens found along the way, since deep cave crevices are often promising places to find new species, and happened upon one live sample of the new snail, along with eight empty shells.
Find out what we know about this new little species here…
Also known as the chocolate banded cowry, the mole cowry is a species of cowry that is distributed throughout the Red Sea and in the Indian Ocean and in the western Pacific. Mole cowries inhabit coral reefs and shallow lagoons in inter/subtidal waters. They are active at night and start feeding at dusk. Like most cowries the shell of T.talpa is completely engulfed by its mantle and is covered with long papillae. If threatened the cowry can quickly retract its mantle back into the shell.
The genus Conus includes more than 500 species of marine snails, all of which are venomous predators. These snails inject venom into their prey by harpooning them with a disposable hollow tooth through which the venom is channeled. The larger fish eating species are capable of delivering a venom which may kill humans. There is no antivenin. These snails are amongst the most potently venomous animals on Earth. They are found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world…