Moon Snail

M-840 MOON SNAIL, Polinices duplicatus

It has a smooth rounded shell and a greatly expanded foot. It plows a furrow in the sand and engulfs bivalves, which it then drills.


These predatory snails consume other mollusks and are sometimes cannibalistic. They drill a circular hole in the shell of their prey with hydrochloric acid and other enzymes through an accessory boring organ.


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© Hans Hillewaert

They sexually reproduce. Female moon snails lay their eggs in a collar-shaped egg case. These collars are made from sand grains adhering to the snail’s mucus.