Malacology is the study of mollusks. This includes animals like octopus, snails, slugs, and clams. It is the second largest phylum of animals, making them one of the most successful groups on the planet. There are over 80,000 described species of mollusks with many more left to be discovered. Mullusca is composed of 8 recognized classes including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Scaphapoda, Monoplacophorans, the Aplacophorans, Caudofoveata and Solenogastres, and Bivalvia.
Length (mm): 50-80
The alphabet cone has a short pointed spire that can sometimes become engulfed by the body whorl creating a flat top. It has a white color patterned with blotches of dark-brown or orange. These blotches can sometimes take the form of irregular axial lines.
East Florida to Venezuala
0 to 64 meters
Carnivore; They are prey on a variety of annelids including christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus), feather dusters (Sabellastarte magnifica), and bistleworms.
Marine; Soft substrates
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