ID Needed: Snail

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  1. mytank

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    Where did you get it? KZN?

    Can't see if it has pleats on the columella (animal is in the way) so that makes things a bit trickier. The operculum excludes it being a juvenile Mitra litterata. Shape is like a Mitrella, but we don't get many of those in SA intertidally. Could be a juvenile buccinid.
     
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    Nope it must of come in some coral from somewhere around the world. I was doing my nightly rounds and saw this little guy in the rocks, he is now in the naughty holding tank till I find out what it is....
     
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    What is its size?
    Not yet sure on its ID, but having it in its own naughty tank looks like the right option.
     
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    Its tiny check here:

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    Ok in that case I'm 90% sure it's a columbellid, probably Mitrella. Mostly algae eaters. They sell another genus (Engina - "bumblebee snails") in the same family on some of the US sites as cleanup crew.
     
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    Family - Columbellidae - Shell small to tiny, spire short, conical or fairly long. The dove shell live among rocks, stones, in crevices, on seaweeds in shallow water, low on the shore and infratidally. They are carnivorous or scavengers feeding on bivalves, worms or carrion. Some feed on green algae. As a group they are, therefore, omnivorous.
     
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    Put the snail on your DSB. Put a really small piece of hake about 10cm from him. If he goes for it, then its a scavenger. It might dig into the DSB and go into hide mode, so it could be better to do this in another place where you can still find him.
     
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