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Sea Snails and Bivalves

Atlantic Gray Cowry

Talparia cinerea

(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Atlantic Thorny Oyster

Spondylus americanus

     
(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2-3: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 4: Forty Foot Point, Roatan / 5-6: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Atlantic Wing-Oyster

Pteria colymbus

  
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Anka's Place, Roatan / 3: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)


Carrot Cone Snail

Conus daucus

(1: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Filose Turban

Turbo cailletii

 
(1-2: Prince Albert, Roatan)


Flamingo Tongue

Cyphoma gibbosum

       
(1,4: Prince Albert, Roatan / 2: Harold's Hotel, Roatan / 3,5,8: First Bight, Roatan / 6: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 7: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

The flamingo tongue is a cowry.  Most of the time, its mantle is out covering the shell, but occasionally you'll see one that's pulled back:
(1: Valley of the Kings, Roatan)

This one is laying eggs:
 
(1: Prince Albert, Roatan)


Measled Cowry

Macrocypraea zebra

(1: Prince Albert, Roatan)


Milk Conch

Lobatus costatus

  
(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2-3: Prince Albert, Roatan)


Queen Conch

Lobatus gigus

  
(1-3: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)

Found in shallow tidal waters and turtle grass.  Its shells are used by several of the larger species of hermit crabs.


Rough Fileclam

Ctenoides scabra

 
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Osman's Reef, Roatan)


Stocky Cerith

Cerithium litteratum

(1: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


West Indian Top Snail

Cittarium pica

   
(1-4: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)