View Full Version : What is the name of this snail, and is it reef safe?

Bogdan Marin
08/03/2017, 09:14 AM

I received 2 days ago from a friend the snail in the photos.
I don't know it's name or of it's reef safe or not.
For the moment is on a quarantine tank.
Can you help me please?
Many thanks!

08/03/2017, 09:56 AM
I'm going with whelk this time...I could easily be wrong so wait for the experts to weigh in. Good luck [emoji106][emoji106]

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08/03/2017, 10:20 AM
It looks like some sort of Whelk to me as well, but pagojoe should be able to ID this for you.


08/04/2017, 03:28 AM
Beautiful. Is it a Mediterranean species?

08/04/2017, 03:36 AM
It looks to be a buccinid whelk, but I don't know the species. I will keep looking...

Bogdan Marin
08/04/2017, 06:47 AM
Yes, it's Mediterranean. Thank you for the interest.

08/04/2017, 07:29 AM
It's probably a Euthria cornea variant, which would have the yellow animal, but I've never seen one as ornate as yours. There are a couple on this page that look similar:


I'm not sure what it eats, but it should be either be a predator or scavenge on carrion. As far as whether it is reef safe, it probably wouldn't bother corals, but I'm not sure if it would eat other snails. I think I would risk it, to keep such a beautiful snail in my tank.

Bogdan Marin
08/21/2017, 08:26 AM
You were right about the name.
I put him in my tank two weeks ago and so far he behaved well.
In that tank i have cerith snails, cowrie and a couple of bivalves but until now there are no casualties.
Thank you very much for your informations and concearn.

08/21/2017, 05:44 PM
Very nice, thanks for the update.