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): 175-212
This shell has about 7 whorls that contribute to a terraced spire. Each whorl has about two prominent axial varices that form sharp ridges extending from the shell. The variaces of lower whorls form a point in the same direction as the apex. This shell also has spiral ridges patterned with coarse knobs. These ridges form large nodules at the lip of the shell. The shell is typically pale yellow to orange or brown with patches of white particularly around the varices and knobs.
South Florida to Brazil
0.6 to 150 meters
Carnivore; They eat bivalves including mussels.
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