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Shell of the Week: The Caribbean Truncatella

The Caribbean Truncatella, Truncatella caribaeensis. Photos by José H. Leal.

Truncatellas are small marine snails that spend most of their lives away from seawater, living among dead leaves, above the high tide line in mangrove areas. Last week I presented the Beautiful Truncatella, Truncatella pulchella Pfeiffer, 1839. The other, closely related species, is the Caribbean Truncatella, Truncatella caribaeensis Reeve, 1842. The latter has similar color, a variable sculpture pattern of 16–40 ribs. The Caribbean Truncatella is larger, reaching 8 mm (0.32 inch), and has a thinner outer lip, never “doubled,” as in the Beautiful Truncatella. [This is the 300th “Shell of the Week” column, all originally published by me on Sanibel’s Island Sun weekly newspaper.]

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