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Chiton stokesii

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Nazca admin

 

is the largest species of chiton on the Ecuadorian coast. Continue Reading

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Pleurobranchus areolatus

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Nazca admin

These sea slugs are characterized by the pair of olfactory organs on their heads, called rhinophores, that enable them to search out food. When disturbed they secrete toxic substances through their skin for defense. Continue Reading

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Dolabrifera dolabrifera

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Nazca admin

Locally known as the “sea cow”, this species is quite common and abundant in rocky tidepools where it can be seen grazing on turf algae.

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Cymatium vestitum

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Nazca admin


The diet of this species of snail is composed of various invertebrates, which are searched out by its sharp sens

e of smell. Continue Reading

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Cerithidea valida

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Nazca admin

This species lives in limey substrates of saline swamps, mangroves, and estuaries. Continue Reading

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Jenneria pustulata

Posted on 20 February 2013 by Nazca admin

This species predates upon corals, especially of the genus Pocillopora. Continue Reading

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Olivella semistriata

Posted on 19 February 2013 by Nazca admin

Olivella semistriata.

Without a doubt, this is the most common mollusc species found on Ecuadorian sandy beaches. Continue Reading

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Pleuroploca princeps

Posted on 18 February 2013 by Nazca admin

 

This conch is one of the largest species of marine snail on the Ecuadorian coast, and feeds primarily on bivalves and gastropods. Continue Reading

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Bursa nana

Posted on 18 February 2013 by Nazca admin

This species is a typical predator of calcareous polychaete tubeworms.

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Northia pristis

Posted on 18 February 2013 by Nazca admin

This species is a common predator in subtidal soft-bottom habitats. Continue Reading

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