Muricidae Snail - Warning

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by RiaanP, 11 Aug 2009.

  1. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    Just a warning,

    These are local snail as well. And I did see a couple at a LFS.
    I got my a couple and later got more info. Anyway, mine are now all sumped.

    They are "reef safe" as in they will not attack your corals, zoa and other softies.

    I got the photo from Morula (Morula) musiva
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    And from Wikipedia
    I found a small mussel looking shell on my substrate, and it had a little hole in the shell.
     
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  3. Falcon

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    thanks for the warning riaan some rep points for you;)
     
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    Riaan...shot thanks for the warning...
     
  5. ben lloyd

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    ooops i think i have lots of them in my tank I'll have to take a closer look at them and take some pictures to ID them ,thanks for the heads up Riaan.
     
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    Riaan - mine (locally collected) never survive my hermits ;)
    They just LOVE the shells for homes.
     
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    Only things in my tank with shells like that is my hermits.
     
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    And here is the proof, actually victims with the culprit. The Muricidae is the one bottom left. With a variety of victims. It even attached a harder shell Turbo coronatus, check in the centre.

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    damn! Thats plain nasty! Thanks for the heads up Riaan
     
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    wow, great fotos, thanks, amazing to see the drilled hole they do, anyone know HOW they drill into the shell like that? maybe sihaya will know?
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Basically, they lick it. They got a rough tongue, if you can call it that. It takes them a few hours.

    interesting I saw last week at a LFS (not a sponser) some, and told him what it is. He was quite surprise and said he gets them as algae eaters. That is what the importers or wherever he gets them told him.

    And I also saw some at another LFS, this time one of our sponsors, and according to them they are reef safe. Yeah sure, they will not eat our coral, but your clean up crew is at risk.
     
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    thanx riaan
    will keep an eye open for them
     
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    Great to read this thread. Thanks Riaan.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Got one in the sump. Really nice clear photos of the damage these guys can do.
     
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    i collected a few of these locally, did know they where a pest and added them to the tank, my hermits killed them though
     
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    damn these guys got hectic licking actions,hope they cant "drill" thru glass
     
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    Seems a few guys where lucky enough to go down to the coast. For those still going over the next couple of long weekends. Please, do not collect these
     
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    I have a free one that is looking for a home if you want to test it?
     
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    We get them here as well and I have two in my sump and they have killed a few of the mussels I collect to feed my fish in the sump.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up Riaan
     
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