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Worm snail shells

Thylacodes sipho


This coiled thin shell with pale orange bands is that of a marine gastropod/snail that lives in a coiled tube. The snails resemble tube worms (polychaetes) because of the structure but are in a different family.


Washed ashore. Spotted along a high tide mark in a bay ( Port Phillip)


Worm snails do not have an Operculum (lid).
Family: Vermetidae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks Jim. They are interesting aren't they ? They are all new to me. I wish I could get into the water - there's more interesting stuff a few mts below although you wouldn't think there'd be much in the bay with so much traffic.
Like everywhere else on this planet, only a few places are still untouched and this one is part of a marine park.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

I envy your access to so many organisms in Australia, Leuba, that exist nowhere else. Interesting spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 25, 2018
Submitted on May 28, 2018

Spotted for Mission

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