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Shell of the Week: The Ivory Eulima

Melanella eburnea (Mühlfeld, 1824), is a member of the family Eulimidae, marine snails that parasitize echinoderms such as sea stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, and others. The Ivory Eulima has the typical smooth, featureless shell that is typical of members of the family. Depending on the species, they may be endoparasites (living inside the tissues of the host) or ectoparasites (living on the surface of the host’s body). Other local eulimid snails previously treated in this column are the Two-band Eulima, the Brown Eulima, the Slender Eulima, the Conoidal Eulima, and the Brown-line Niso.


The Ivory Eulima, Melanella eburnea, from Sanibel. Photos by José H. Leal.

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