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What is this invertebrate?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by nkw5, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. nkw5

    nkw5 Barracuda

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    Seen in shallow water at Santa Cruz Island (one of the Northern Channel Islands), CA. Day dive. Shallow, maybe 30 feet deep. Looks like it has antennae and was moving slowly. About 5 inches.
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  2. Cali_diver

    Cali_diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It looks like it could be a Lewis' Moon Snail, Neverita lewisii. Maybe....
     
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  3. pasley

    pasley Instructor, Scuba

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    I agree, Lewis Moon Snail see Daniel W. Gotshall's "Guide to Marine Invertebrates Alaska to Baja California 2nd Edition (Revised)" published Sea Challengers 2005, page 54.
     
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  4. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    Wrong type of shell for a moon snail. Merry found a shell last month identical to the one in the first post. It's a bivalve, but I'll have to look tomorrow.
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    Lewis' Moon snail
     
  5. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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  6. nkw5

    nkw5 Barracuda

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    Wow, MaxBottomtime. That is an amazing video. Had I seen that moon snail, I would've just swam by and missed all that action.

    If any of you still care, my mystery creature, according to my NOAA scientist source and two of his invert expert associates, is a dead sea hare. We saw plenty live ones during our two days of diving, and I just learned they have internal shells. Rather disappointing, but educational, I guess.
     
  7. Cali_diver

    Cali_diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Makes sense ... the color was throwing me off a bit. Thanks for telling us!
     

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