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Short-spired purple dogwinkle

Nucella ostrina

Description:

Most were 3 cm long grayish blue or grayish purple (varied appearance). This dogwinkle is a predator. Shown in the pics with its favorite prey - Acorn barnacles (Balanus glandula). The dogwinkle drills into the barnacle or shell with its radula, injects digestive enzymes which liquefy the tissues, and sucks out the contents.

Habitat:

Spotted on exposed rocks at low tide.

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Brian38
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Brian38

Washington, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2019
Submitted on Aug 31, 2019

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