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Lunatia catena

Da Costa, 1778

Lunatia

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Lunatia catena (Da Costa, 1778)
Synonyms :
Classification : Prosobranchia [ Milne-Edwards, 1848 ] ( Sea snails )
 
Name : Natice
Name : Lunatia
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
Smooth, robust shell, with four spirals, last of them the very convex one gives to this shell a convex aspect, the rest of spirals are not very high. At the surface of the shell the growth striate can be appreciated clearly, mainly in the last spiral.

The coloration is white-bead with crossed parallel brown lines in each return of spirals.

Cover is corneous.

Dimensions : Up to 20 mm in length.

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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
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Cycle of life / Reproduction
When the animal dies its shell usually is taken advantage by hermit-crab.
Interaction with other species
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Sand
Normally in sandy bottom, the brief zones of waters.
Geographical distribution
Atlantic ocean, Mediterranean sea...
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://www.firama.com/seashells/228/index.asp
http://www.idscaro.net/ext/d_medshells/class/fam3/species/natica_caten [...]
http://www.marmenor.org/fauna/lun-cat.html

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
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Data sheet written by Nicolas , 27/12/2002

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 08/01/2003


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