Marine snails - 5, 1, 2, 3, 4,

Little fox mitre, or Little fox vexillum, Vexillum vulpecula, on the right is found in the Indo-Pacific region. Little fox mitre, Little fox vexillum, Vexillum vulpecula
On the right is the Imperial volute, Cymbiola imperialis. Found in the southern Philippines on sand in shallow waters. It can reach 25 cm long. Imperial volute, Cymbiola imperialis, marine snail
Vexillate volute, Harpulina arausiaca, marine snail shell On the left is Vexillate volute, Harpulina arauciaca, found in the waters around Sri Lanka. This snail is also known as the Gold-banded volute.
On the right is Bednall's volute, Volutoconus bednalli, found in the waters around N. Australia. It is nocturnal. Bednall's volute, Volutoconus bednalli, marine snail shell
The Hebrew volute, Voluta ebraea, on the right, is found around northern Brazil on sand, coral and rocks, from shallow water right down to around 70 m. It is eaten by humans and the shell sold commercially. It can grow up to 22 cm long, but large species are rarely found now; most are 10 - 15 cm long. It feeds on bivalves. Hebrew volute, Voluta ebraea

Magnificent volute, Cymbiola magnifica, right is found in S. E Australian waters from the intertidal zone down to 230 m.

Fully grown individuals can reach 36 cm long.

Eggs are attached to something solid or buried in sand.

magnificent volute marine snail
Syrinx aruanus, the Australian trumpet also know as the Giant whelk on the right is a huge snail, the world's largest, that can grow to 91 cm long and weigh 18 kg! It is found in the intertidal zone down to around 50 m deep around the northern Australian coast, southern New Guinea and Indonesia. It is carnivorous and feeds on polychaete worms. It has a long proboscis (up to 25 cm) and it uses this to reach into the tubes of its prey. Females produce large egg cases (15 cm), which they attach to rocks, shells or gorgonian corals. It is sometimes eaten by humans and is used for fish bait. Australian trumpet, Syrinx aruanis

Baler, Melo Amphora

On the right is the Baler shell, found in the Indo-Pacific in shallow waters down to around 10 metres deep, and usually on mud. The maximum length is 50 cm., but nowadays most are usually around 30 cm. The shell colour can vary considerably with cream, pink and orange being the most common combinations.

The snail is carnivorous and feeds on others in the Volutidae family, and may even be cannibalistic. Its flesh is edible.

It is used for scooping liquids, and larger shells have been used for hundreds of years to bale water from canoes and boats.

Baler shell, Melo amphora
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