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The Circular Chinese Hat


The Circular Chinese Hat, Calyptraea centralis (Conrad, 1841), is a close relative of the more commonly found Slipper Snails. The half-inch species is a gastropod, albeit one with a cap-shaped, circular shell that could easily be mistaken for a little white clam valve. The shell "aperture," on the bottom is represented by a sinuous ("sigmoid"), flaring shelf inside shell. The shell color is invariably white.


The Circular Chinese Hat, Calyptraea centralis, from Sanibel Island. Photo by José H. Leal.

The Circular Chinese Hat, Calyptraea centralis, from Sanibel Island. Photo by José H. Leal.

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