Small snail id

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  1. ziguri

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    Please provide Id on this small snail. I have about 5 in my rrfugium , hope the pic is good enough

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    Still think it is Collonista. Reef safe.
     
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    Might be. These snails have a silverish center on their shells , the one in the pic has the silver part civered in coralline algae, here is a not so clear pic of one of the bigger snails . Most of them are on the glass and are clearly cleaning the glass

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    it looks like an Oxystele tigrina
    Part of the commonly known Winkles or topshells group
    all part of the bigger Trochidae family and they are herbivorous. Get them all along Natals coast up to Southern Mozambique.

    To confirm, their underside got faint red and white bands, almost like apex corners on racing track.

    They are good grassing snails. But they do fall prey to hermits rather easy. Keep them where you got algae growth in your tank. I prefer not to clean the back panel as that provides a lot of feeding area for your snails.
     
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    Thanks, looks like an accurate id based on what I find online regarding oxystele tigrina. I can confirm based on underside tomorrow. Many thanks, they are currently in refugium so they will have plenty of food
     
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