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West Indian star snail

West Indian star snail

Science name: Lithopoma tectum (lightfoot)

A West Indian star snail with its high conical spire makes a portable home for the Orange-claw hermit crab Calcinus tibicen Herbst.

The shell is a vertical spiral with knobs and raised vertical ridges, the operculum is white. Like other snails, they have two sensory antennae and two eyes on short stalks. They are taller than they are wide and can grow up to an inch tall. Often encrusted with other organisms, like Coralline Algae.

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