Anyone seen a snail like this?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Ibn, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Looks like an abalone. Anyone seen anything like this out there?

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  2. where'd ya get that thing?
     
  3. Sfork

    Sfork Guest

    That thing looks crazy, are those feelers on it's back that retract?
     
  4. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    I didn't. That sucker is in Dennis' tank. Someone else thinks it might be something like this...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass%E2%80%99s_ear_abalone

    He's had it for about 4 months and it's still just slightly larger than an adult stomatella. Speaking of Stomatella, just saw this in someone's tank thread. :eek:

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  5. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    It's not a donkey ear but it is a abalone. I forget the exact one but I've seen the shell before :O)
     
  6. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I've got the black and white ones like in the last picture.

    The first is indeed a Haliotis, hard to tell the species though since it's so small, most abalone change dramatically from juvenile to adult due to the change in diet as their radula grows and is able to accept larger food items. Whatever it is, it's real cool.
     
  7. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Think hard, Gresh. :p

    Jeremy, where'd you get that black and white one from?
     
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I have one in my shell collection :lol:

    I can most likely ID when I get to work where my library now lives.
     
  9. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    very cool little guy!
     
  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Schweet! Let me know when you find out.
     
  11. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    They just showed up, I have both the white and tan and black and white Stomatellas.

    The trick to IDing abs are the vents (that one looks to have 8 open oval shaped vents) the texture of the shell (that one looks ribbed), obviously color, both body and shell. With those in mind, I believe Gresham is correct, the donkeys ear is what is most likely is, a good tropical species that was probably a hitchhiker. Google Haliotis asinina.
     
  12. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Jeremy I don't think it's a donkey ear. The shell shape looks like one but all the D.E. I've ever seen aren't colorful.

    Yah the lack of vents will make this hard.
     
  13. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Remember it's juvenile, color is not always 100%, other factors come into play with color especially diet. Captive reds are green due to diet ;)
     
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    True but nearly all imports of DE I have seen are juvis :)
     
  15. screebo

    screebo Guest

    I thought you were joking about the Donkey's Ear! :bigsmile:
     
  16. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Was it a hitchhiker?
     
  17. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Yup, hitchhiker from about 4 months ago or so. At least that's when he first saw it.
     
  18. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Does he know where is corals came from in that period?

    Did he get ones of the Tahitian clams?
     
  19. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    No clams in his tank (unless hitchhiked).

    He received some rocks from Vanuatu around then.
     
  20. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

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