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.
Atlantic Yellow Cowrie
Length (mm): 25
This is an inflated shell with the last shell whorl of adults concealing the spire. The top of the shell is typically yellow to tan with white spots or white or dark spots. Adults seem to develop a strong lip that is white and slightly wider than the rest of the shell. The aperture is narrow with evenly spaced folds leading into the shell.
North Carolina to Brazil
0 to 780 meters
Marine; Coral reefs and other hard substrates
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