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Nucella lamellosa (Frilled dogwinkle)

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Copyright © 2005 Mary Jo Adams

 

Nucella lamellosa, another whelk species, can grow to 2 inches high, a bit larger than N. emarginata. One common name for this snail is the frilled dogwinkle because it may have wavy frills on the shell. It doesn't always though. Some resources say that in areas with heavy wave action, the frills get worn off. Others say that in areas with red rock crabs, the snail will have a smoother heavier shell to protect itself from the crabs' big claws. Regardless of the reason, be aware that this snail's appearance is variable. In any case, it will not have spiral ribbing like Nucella emarginata.. Its color can be white, light brown, gray, or orange and may have colored bands.   N. lamellosa is found slightly lower in the rocky intertidal level than Nucella emarginata.    Like its cousin Nucella emarginata, N. lamellosa preys on barnacles and mussels

 

This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 11/2/05.

 

 

photo of frilled dogwinkle

photo of frilled dogwinkle

 

photo of frilled dogwinkle

 

photo of frilled dogwinkle egg cases

 

photo of frilled dogwinkle egg cases