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Lightning Whelk

Busycon contrarium

Description:

Mega Lightning Whelk This species has a left-handed or sinistral shell. It eats mostly bivalves, sucking their mass up with its proboscis. Feed primarily on marine bivalves.

Habitat:

can be found in the sandy or muddy substrate of shallow embayments.

Notes:

Status : Unknown. Shelling regulation established a complete ban on the collection of live shells (Florida Department of Environmental Protection Rule 46-26). This species is native to southeastern North America,south to Florida and the Gulf states.

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Lightning Whelk
Busycon contrarium Lightning whelk

4 Comments

tibiprada
tibiprada a year ago

@ Shell Key Fl , the map is not right.

tibiprada
tibiprada a year ago

lgCostaNut; indeed, so muddy and rusted I couldn't recognize it . Thanks

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano a year ago

You really have to get your feet in the mud to discover one of these!

tibiprada
tibiprada a year ago

it is huge !

Islamorada, Florida, USA

Lat: 24.92, Long: -80.67

Spotted on May 13, 2012
Submitted on May 15, 2012

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