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.
Flame Helmet Snail
ANSP 401153, ANSP 374022
Length (mm): 76-154
The flame helmet has about 6 shell whorls with a very large body whorl. The body whorl has rows of spiral knobs, and a relatively smooth and polished surface. The shell has an elongated aperture with rows of folds on both sides of the inner aperture. A dark brown stain develops between these folds of the inner aperture. Adults have a thick lip that, when viewed from below, has more rounded corners than the king helmet. This shell is typically a tan color with brown streaks and blotches.
East Florida to Barbados
1 to 12 meters
Carnivore; They feed on a variety seaurchins.
Marine; Soft substrate and among seagrass
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