need some info on this snail please

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  1. monquer

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    Hi all, could anyone provide me with some info on this snail. I had an unhappy Xenia frag that disappeared and this guy was on the rock. I was wondering of he could have eaten the coral? I also have the strange bubble looking growths on the rock of which i have also posted a pic and was wondering if anyone knows what they are? Any and all responses will be appreciated. Thanks File 2016-01-07, 12 11 27 PM.jpeg File 2016-01-07, 12 06 19 PM.jpeg
     
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    If I'm not mistaken that appears to be bubble algae.
     
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    Thanks for your response. Do you know anything about the snail?
     
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    that is a muricidae snail. A predator on other snails, especially bi-valves. Of which your clams belong to.

    They drill with their tongue a small hole into the shell of the victim and suck them out.

    Here is a warning about these snails I put out there many moons ago
    Muricidae Snail - Warning
     
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    Thank a lot Riaan, i will be sure to keep an eye on him.
     
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    ooh yes. the red growth does look like red bubble algae. They can take over. Remove them with the rounded back end of s teaspoon, scoop them out. They have a thin root like string holding them to the rock. Do not pop them. The ones that start to discolour like in the last pic are mature and will just s[pawn if you do pop them. They will anyway pop soon.
     
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    Thanks again Riaan. I only just logged on again and saw this post. they have indeed spawned and are multiplying so i need to get going on them. Regards
     
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