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Lightning whelk

Busycon contrarium

Description:

This species has a left-handed or sinistral shell. It eats mostly bivalves, sucking their mass up with its proboscis.

Habitat:

Lightning whelks 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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5 Comments

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

@ Shell Key Fl , the map is not right.

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

Great !

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

I'm glad you love it, tibiprada! Let's help make it more diverse and rich! (Btw, it will become a global mission soon.)

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

Thanks , sure I will .. so many beautiful creatures (species ) on this mission. Love it !

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Hi tibiprada! This is a beautiful shell. I hope you'll submit it -- and your other mollusk spottings -- to the Mollusca mission. Here's the link: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1214...

tibiprada
Spotted by
tibiprada

Islamorada, Florida, USA

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

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