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Northern Yellow Periwinkle

Littorina obtusata


Bright yellow snail. I have often found the empty shells, but never a live one. I was surprised to find the snail inside was yellow too.


Tide pool at low tide

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Looks like Littorina obtusata. They have a flat spire and are often yellow and thus are referred to as the "jewel of the intertidal". They rely on rockweed and lay their eggs on it - maybe you'll find some if you look next time- they are white, kidney-shaped masses.

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Apr 21, 2016
Submitted on May 18, 2016

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