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Slapman
04/25/2017, 01:59 AM
Hello all ,

i found this guy (in the pic attached) moving around (first saw him on zoa rock then on the glass).

i have 2-3 turbo snails
im suffering some zoa loss so im currently taking out everything i see
but,
if this is a baby turbo snail i want to keep it.

please help identify
thank you.

ROB2005
04/25/2017, 12:44 PM
From my view of it, it looks like a predatory whelk. Not reef safe.

PsychoticBeauty
04/25/2017, 03:13 PM
Columbellid snail perhaps?

pagojoe
04/26/2017, 05:56 AM
It probably is a columbellid (which are reef safe), but hard to be sure because of the angle of the photo. Straight down the spire and bottom of the snail's foot are the worst possible angles. If you can shoot showing how wide the shell is and how elongated, spire to anterior tip, that's the best view for ID's.

Slapman
04/28/2017, 02:08 AM
Rememberd that I purchased some macro lens for my iPhone . Perfect Time to use it lol.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170428/3ad88688c557a5dcbff4498d7e9fec9a.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170428/26ce7b0574678729a957793d6fa5eeb8.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170428/1b79498ee5acaddb60e2175d435782a9.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170428/0a7fa53ab946fa99c5ad4065f0bd6048.jpg

According to its mouth I would say now - NOT baby turbo.

What you think?


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pagojoe
04/28/2017, 02:54 PM
It's pretty...but no, it's not reef safe. It's a coral eater, probably this one:

http://www.gastropods.com/2/Shell_7102.shtml

http://www.gastropods.com/Shell_Images/Conus-Cypraea/Coralliophila_clathrata.jpg

Slapman
04/29/2017, 01:40 AM
Thank you so much for your help.


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pagojoe
04/29/2017, 08:28 AM
No prob.