Unidentified Snail - Reef Friend or Reef Foe

Discussion in 'Hitchhiker & Critter ID' started by Mono, Jun 19, 2017 at 9:29 AM.

  1. Mono

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    Recently found 4 on the rockwork and glass at my usual 2:00 am check in. I guess if I've seen 4 or 5, there are many more. They look kind of like Nassarius. They are all on the small side. He's photographed on a paper towel so you can get an idea of the size from the "weave" of the towel. Sorry, I should have put a penny next to him but it was 2:00 am and I wasn't at the top of my game. He would definitely fit on a penny. Should I be concerned by these guys?

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    Looks like a whelk, which depending on species can be predatory on other snails and bivalves

    Tulip snail seems a likely candidate.
     
  4. Mono

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    I guess I'm inclined to remove on sight. Better safe than sorry I guess. Any thoughts?
     
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    I tend to err on the side of caution. Could be a candidate to live in the fuge or sump
     

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