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Updated 3/10/2013

Family Vermetidae

Worm Snails

Worm snails are suspension-feeding gastropods that have tubular uncoiled shells attached to the substrate.  Some aggregate to form reefs of their own, forming mats along the water's edge.  The aperture is razor-sharp causing painful cookie-cutter wounds if stepped on.

Mucus net secreted for food collection

Reef of consolidated vermetid shells

 

HAWAII

Serpulorbis variabilis

VARIABLE WORM SNAIL

 

Petaloconchus keenae

KEEN'S WORM SNAIL

 

Vermetus alii   

ALI'I WORM SNAIL

 

 

Dendropoma gregaria

GREGARIOUS WORM SNAIL

 


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Serpulorbis squamigerus

WESTERN or SCALY WORM SNAIL