My conch snail has a hitchhiker (of some sort)! Help!

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  1. Lionfish Lair

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    I bet that video can be ID'd immediately, when viewed by the right person. It's so unique.... they'll know.
     

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    Soo after doing a bit more research on slipper limpet behavior I really think that these are slippers. These guys form colonial structures with young MALES (that is important ) on top and larger females on bottom. In order to reproduce the males will reach down with a long tube, find the females opening, and release sperm as she releases eggs. I think your poor conch is the victim of mistaken identity.
     
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    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Like the drunk girl at a frat party.

    That sounds like it could be the correct assumption, it's definitely the best of th elot.
     
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    I read the same thing. Usually, Lipmets attach to oyster's and yes, they will stack up on top od each other. I have more video and pictures to upload tonight.....there is a surprise in the new video......stay tuned!
     
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    I reserve this next statement for special occasions...... SQUEE!
     
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    Today is being brought to you by the number (3)! Three unknown passengers! Muah, ha, ha (in my best Count von Count impression). Although I am leaning more and more towards slipper limpets. Watch closely at around 23 seconds and again at 45 seconds. look to the left of the "active larger" passenger. I still haven't shot a good photo giving a better view of their shells.
     
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    About 17 secs in on the video I linked, show a black *****. I'm pretty sure that's what yours are too.
     
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    Agreed, Renee. Now the big question. What variety and should I be concerned about them swinging their "....." around and infesting the tank?
     
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    LOL! Oh My! I didn't realize it had censored me! I was using the medical term! I swear! In the video, they label it too. O.O

    I would not worry about them at all. They'd be easy to get out of there if ever you wanted to reduce their numbers.... but they're not looking too brilliant at this point.

    High fives around the table. @Naiad led the hunt to victory!
     
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    Got it....

    Per Don Barclay, it's a Hipponix, or a relative. They hitch a ride on the snail and then scavenge. The only possible harm is that they dissolve part of the host's shell to make their attachments more stable. As long as it's attached, it's no problem. If it dies or gets knocked off, it may leave an exposed hole in the shell."

    http://www.reeflex.net/tiere/3360_Hipponix_sp.htm
     
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    Thank you everyone. Guess what? I found another one on one of my snails shells. They, as well as the conch came from the same LFS, same tank
    Very cool! Thank you, Renee!
     
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    Oh it is the same then, thanks...
     
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    I would say so! My conch never had any ill effects! Your's sure does look silly. ha ha
     
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