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The Brown Eulima


The Brown Eulima, Microeulima hemphilli (Dall, 1884), is a slender gastropod of the family Eulimidae. Eulimidae are snails that parasitize the external or internal parts of echinoderms such as sea cucumbers and sea urchins, basically sucking their blood for a living. The Brown Eulima reaches about 5 mm (0.2 inch), and has a teardrop-shaped aperture, and smooth, brownish, slightly translucent shell. The shell in the images was collected by Phyllis Sharp on Sanibel in 2014.


The Brown Eulima, Microeulima hemphilli, from Sanibel. Photos by José H. Leal.

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