More Lord Howe Island shells

Continuing from my previous post

There’s a cone, yellow and black when alive but white and black when dead and washed up – the Hebrew cone (Conus ebraeus). It chases down, kills and eats marine worms …

Hebrew cone

Limpets (Cellana species) leave their ditches at night in search of algae to scrape off and eat …

Limpets resting (and conserving water) while the tide is out and the sun is high

Payten’s codakia (Codakia paytenorum) is often washed up …

Payten's codakia, top

Payten's codakia, underside

This black-mouthed moon snail (Polinices melanostomus) is carnivorous and attached itself to the shell of its sea-shell lunch and exudes acid to soften the shell. It then scrapes away with its Velcro-like radula until the shell is breached and poison can be injected.

Black-mouthed moon snail

Underside of black-mouthed moon snail

Thais marginalba, according to Hutton's "A Field Guide to the Marine Life of Lord Howe Island"

Thais marginalba, underside

Creepers inhabit sea-grass and mud beds …

Possibly the double-banded creeper, Clypeomorus bifasciata

Double-banded creeper, underside

A couple I haven’t found the names of yet …

Unidentified (by me) shell inhabited by the imperial hermit crab, Calcinus imperialis

Unknown (by me) shell on Ned's Beach rock platform

It’s easy to miss so much when you’re exploring for such a short time. Fortunately, the Lord Howe Island Museum has many displays of specimens …

Shells found on Lord Howe

I’ll go on to other invertebrates on the rock platforms in the next post.

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