View Full Version : Snail ID

07/13/2017, 03:16 PM
Hi All,

I wondered if you could help identify these snails? It may be unconnected, however it has been suggested that they may be young predatory whelks. I have had a number of empty Astraea snail shells turn up recently which has for me wondering.

Any ideas appreciated. They were approximately 1cm long and had a proboscis showing prior to this photo


Thanks in advance

07/14/2017, 09:00 AM
Any suggestions appreciated

07/14/2017, 03:13 PM
I think these can be identified as Pictocolumbella ocellata

07/14/2017, 03:49 PM
Yes, they are not "whelks" in the bad sense, although they are related. They are dove snails, and do look pretty much like P. ocellata.