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marine snail id

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by scubadiverjackcook, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. scubadiverjackcook

    scubadiverjackcook Instructor, Scuba

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    Snapped this fellow at Long Point, Palos Verdes, CA, about 35 feet, water temp 52 degrees, on Jan 12th. Seems to be a marine snail, but I couldn't find it in any of my books or on line. Anyone have an ID?
     

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  2. Bubbletrubble

    Bubbletrubble Regular of the Pub

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    Kellet's Whelk?
     
  3. scubadiverjackcook

    scubadiverjackcook Instructor, Scuba

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    There were plenty of Kellet's Whelks around, but they don't have those distinctive knobs on the pointed end of the shell.
     
  4. Bubbletrubble

    Bubbletrubble Regular of the Pub

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    Is it possible for interspecies breeding between Kellet's whelk and knobbed whelk?
    The coloration looks distinctively like a Kellet's whelk.
    The knobby growths are reminiscent of those on a knobbed whelk.

    If I had to choose one, I'd stick with the Kellet's whelk ID.
    I ain't no snail expert, though. :D
     
  5. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    It's a Kellet's whelk with attached bryozoans. I see them quite often like that. Sometimes the bryozoans really take over!
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  6. scubadiverjackcook

    scubadiverjackcook Instructor, Scuba

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    Thanks, Max:

    I had considered that possibility in light of BubbleTrubbles' reply. I appreciate your confirmation.
     

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