(Morris, et al, 1983; Buchbaum & Milne, 1962; Shaefer, 1997; Ricketts & Calvin, 1962; Anonymous, 2000), Males are smaller than females and their shells are slightly thicker. (Morris, et al, 1983), Even though moon snails feed on clams, there has been no impact on littleneck clam farming. Once a perfectly rounded hole is made in the shell, the moon snail inserts its tubular, straw-like mouth and slurps up the “clam smoothie” inside.
Moon snails usually clamp the foot around clam shells and proceed with drilling a hole with their radula, which is a long, ribbon-like tongue containing thousands of teeth (denticles) that project from the mouth opening. This is the first observed visit by the ... Book Carousel. It can grow to 14 cm diameter. RIGHT: The Arctic Moon Snail, Cryptonatica affinis, has a completely covered umbilicus. Morris, R., D. Abbott, E. Haderlie. It all begins when the moon snail smells its prey and uses its huge slimy foot to engulf its victim. Courtesy of Kevin Lee, www.diverkevin.com. A fully expanded animal is several times larger than its shell, which almost completely covers the body. It is suspected that the foot smothers its victims to make their job easier. Ontdek (en bewaar!) Lewis’ Moon Snail is the largest of the moon snails — it can grow to 14 cm! If you’d like us to call you, please provide a phone number. : ['pju:ʤɪt sa.und], likernôch: "pjûû-dzjit saund") is in fjordeftige see-ingte dy't út it noarden wei djip yn it fêstelân fan 'e Amerikaanske steat Washington op snijt. Meaning “little lid” in Latin, the operculum is present in almost all snails. Bivalve prey include Mya truncata,Tresus capax, Saxidomus gigantea, and Protothaca staminea clams but don't seem to seek out cockles Clinocardium nuttallii which are found in the same areas, probably because their shells are thicker. Use of wetland indicator plants to find springs that have the spring snails in the dense forest and vegetative cover in the Puget Sound basin. They do not venture into shallower water until their shell lengths reach about 30 mm. Courtesy of Linda Schroeder — PNW Shell Club