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Shell of the Week: The Different Scale Snail

Cochliolepis differens Rubio, Rolán, & Lee, 2011 is a recently described member of the microgastropod family Tornidae. Its shell reaches about 3 mm (about 0.12 inch) in diameter, and is flattened, compressed, with a sculpture of very fine, wavy growth lines. The spire is very short, not projected, and the umbilicus is open. The aperture is oblique in relation to the shell axis (the imaginary line around which the shell coils during growth). Shell color translucent, glass-like. The shell illustrated was collected by the late Dale V. Stingley on “Upper Captiva Island” (North Captiva), in 1960.


The Different Scale Snail, Cochliolepis differens. Photos by James F. Kelly.

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