Snail ID please

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by mytank, 7 Jan 2012.

  1. mytank

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    Last night I came to get some water in the kitchen passed the lounge and checked on the tank as usual.

    I noticed a 2cm wide type of "trail" (Snail trail) in the sand leeding to the back of my tank.

    It was a straight line and my turbo's and mexians even though are big have never left that type of trail.

    Took the red light and started looking. I found it. when I spotted it, it had a foot of about 1.5cm wide and was abut 4 to 5cm long.

    QUICKLY I got the bugger out (I am having some problems with some of my Zoas disappearing). Unfortunately I cut it in half with the grabber. If anyone know what this is I would appreciate the heads up, never seen this type of snail nor the type of shell, was very flat, all I could explain was that it looked like a army burrey *spelling on its head. The pictures are the head and a piece that broke in half.

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  3. HenkHugo

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    @RiaanP is the local snail expect :)
     
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    it looks like haliotis family - like venus ear/siffie/small abalone
     
  6. mytank

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    Hmmm it became small compost still would like to know what it was
     
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    Margarita snail
     
  8. mytank

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    Good bad unknown ?
     
  9. sihaya

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    It's a Stomatella sp snail. They're awesome. They're good for the tank. Btw, their "tails" fall off as a defense mechanism (kinda like some lizards do).
     
  10. RiaanP

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    Stomella, See Sihaya beat me.
    anyway, awesome, part of clean up crew. Flat type of shell.
     
  11. RiaanP

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    And yes, I once move one from one tank to another, and it also split into two. And survived.
     
  12. sihaya

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    Hehe, it's no threat to your title as snail expert. Stomella sp just happen to be my favorite (along with the Scutus). ;)
     
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    thanks guys!
     
  15. sihaya

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    Eh, I think that's debatable depending on how big your tank is. However, I would agree that most people over do it with the snails. And that, consequently, the systems run out of food for them. All but 3 or 4 of my snails are small hitchikers that have multiplied in the system. In any event, I'd keep no more than 1 scutus in my 75g.
     
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