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.
Hwass in Bruguiere, 1792
Length (mm): 25-43.5
The mouse cone is sculpted with spiral ribs on the body whorl. It has a short spire patterned with alternating white and dark lines. This brown shell continues this pattern on the shoulder of the body whorl and has a line of white spots on the center of this whorl.
North Carolina to Barbados
0 to 18 meters
Marine; Coral reefs and other hard substrates
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