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- 29 Nov 2010
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The only likely Strombus you're gonna find locally is S. mutabilis. Much smaller species and a super algae eater. They even clean hair algae off your seagrass and other macroalgae without damaging them. I got 4 in the Kei last week:
The other larger species only start to become common in Moz. Pretty rare to find live ones this far south (but certainly possible).
PS. the Clanculus spp and Calliostoma spp. topshells tend to be sponge/coral eaters. Clanculus atricatena is pretty common here live and they're sponge eater IME.
Dactylastele burnupi is also pretty common under rocks here. Used to be in Trochidae but now they're in their own family, Calliostomatidae. Most are coral munchers, and this species wrecks zoanthids:
I wish I could get some of these bad boys ! got some Zoas that just wont die!