Shell of the Week: The Checkered Pheasant
Eulithidium affine (C.B. Adams, 1850), reaches 7 mm (about 0.3 inches), and its small shell is thin, smooth, but strong. The shell is basically devoid of any sculpture, and the color pattern in the species usually consists of a combination of red or pink-red, broad, zig-zag bands overlaid with a number of small red and white dots. The Checkered Pheasant and its close relatives live on Sargassum, other types of seaweeds, and seagrasses. The species is found in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico, East Coast of Florida and the Keys, Bahamas, and the northern Caribbean Sea.