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Dotted Periwinkle

Littoraria pintado


This is the distinctively striped multicolored shell of a young sea snail (about 1 cm long). These marine snails can reach an inch in length. It grazes upon algal film. The watertight operculum seals moisture within its shell, enabling it to survive for extended periods.


Found this one in a rocky Pacific tide pool. Generally, the dotted periwinkle is abundant in the high intertidal zone. They originate from Madagascar.


Credit to PN user, fishpicshi, who supplied some of the species information under description and habitat!

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fishpicshi 7 years ago
Dotted Periwinkle
Littoraria pintado Dotted Periwinkle, Littoraria pintado

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fishpicshi 7 years ago

Yes feel free to use any of my web content here, mahalo

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 years ago

If you don't mind, fishpicshi, I'm going to add your info to my description and habitat sections!

fishpicshi 7 years ago

Abundant in a band above Nerites (Pipipi) in the high intertidal zone, grazes upon film of algae. Watertight operculum seals moisture within shell enabling it to survive for extended periods.

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 8, 2013
Submitted on Feb 20, 2013

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