Pink Abalone (Haliotis corrugata)

…a large species of abalone (Haliotidae) that is distributed along the Pacific coast of North America from California to Baja California. Pink abalones typically occupy sheltered waters at depths between 20-118 feet and will feed on kelp and drifting algae.


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Images: Channel Islands NMS and Jan Delsing

Clanculus stigmatarius

…a species of top snail (Trochidae) which is known to occur from Port Douglas to Capricorn and Bunker Group, Queensland, Australia in the Indo-Pacific. It is also known from New Caledonia, the Philippines, and parts of the Western Pacific. Like other members of the family Trochidae, C. stigmatarius is often seen near the intertidal zone or subtidal zone where it will graze on algae and other plant matter. 


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Image: Shellnut

Blue Topsnail (Callistoma ligatum)

…a species of calliostomatid sea snail that is native to the western seaboard of North America, ranging from Prince William’s Sound in Alaska to San Diego, California. Blue Topsnails typically inhabit the intertidal to subtidal zones and is commonly seen in eelgrass and kelp. C. ligatum’s diet consists mainly of the kelp it inhabits and any small organisms that inhabit the kelp as well, including bryozoans, diatoms, and detritus.


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Image: Steve Lonhart 

Dusky Tegula (Tegula pulligo)

…a species of medium sized Tegulid marine snail that is native to the eastern Pacific Ocean, occuring from Alaska to Baja California. Dusky Tegula are often found on or near kelp that has fallen to the bottom. T. pulligo is chiefly herbivorous in nature, feeding mainly on fallen kelp, algae, and other plant matter. 


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Image: Steve Lonhart

Longspine Star Shell (Lithopoma phoebium)

…a striking species of  star shaped “Turban Snail” (Turbinidae) that is widely distributed in the tropical Western Atlantic. Occurring throughout the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, south to Venezuela. Longspine star shells typically occur in shallow water in the intertidal zone but are known from depths up to 91 meters. 


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Image: Jan Delsing