The Oyster Dove Snail
At about 6 mm (0.23 inch), the Oyster Dove Snail, Parvanachis ostreicola (G.B. Sowerby III, 1882), is another of the small-size local dove snails (family Columbellidae). Its shell is very similar to that of the Obese Dove Snail, Parvanachis obesa (C.B. Adams, 1845), a species covered in this column in February 2015. This latter species, however, has a more slender shell, lighter color, and less conspicuous spiral cords on the shell sculpture. As other species of the family do, Oyster Dove Snails live in association with seaweed.
The Oyster Dove Snail, Parvanachis ostreicola, from Sanibel. Photos by José H. Leal.