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Corals, Sea Anemones
Sea Jellies
Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers, Brittle Stars, Sea Stars, Sand Dollars
Sea Worms
Lobsters, Crabs, Shrimps, Barnacles
Mollusks Sea Snails, Oysters, Clams, Nudibranches, Octopuses
Fish: Perchlike Fish I
Fish: Perchlike Fish II
Fish: Other Ray-Finned Fish
Fish: Sharks, Rays, Skates
Sea Reptiles
Sea Mammals
Coloring Pages
Clownfish & Sea Anemone Coloring Page
Hawksbill Turtle Coloring Page
Sponge Coloring Page
French Angelfish Coloring Page
Southern Sting Ray Coloring Page
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Gastropods (Univalves and Bivalves) (CLASS)

and Cephalopods (CLASS)

Gastropods (CLASS)
Mesogastropoda, (Order)  

Habitat: Grasses, in tidal marshes and mangrove swamps. New York to c. Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Texas.

Size: 3/4-1 1/4" (1.9-3.2 cm) high

Food: algae, plankton, swamp     grasses

Interesting Fact: Not found in southern Florida or the West Indies


Marsh Periwinkle Snail

FAMILY: Littorinidae,

Picture Montessori 5/2004

Other Sites: Marsh Periwinkle
Univalves (Order)  


Picture - Montessori Magnet School



Habitat: Deep sea, Gulf of Mexico, southeastern United States

Size: Specimens as large as 11.3cm (5.4 inches)

Food: carnivorous, feeding on small marine invertebrate animals

Interesting Fact: Junonia is the state shell of Alabama.The shell is named for the Roman goddess, Juno, the protector of women.

Carolina: various sources

Junonia Shell

FAMILY: Volute

Other Sites: Volutes

Alabama DAH Volutes

Worldwide Conchology

Habitat: warm, semi-tropical and sub-tropical waters

Size: up to 30 cm long (12 in.)

Food: algae, and as larvae they   eat plankton

Interesting Fact: Threatened   species.

Mrs. Fox

Queen (Pink) Conch

Picture by Mrs. Fox

FAMILY: Strombidae

Other Sites: Classification

Threatened Species

Animal Diversity Web

Picture by Mrs. Fox

Habitat: It is found in great numbers in the Indo-Pacific region and especially around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Size: 4 inches (10 cm)

Food: It feeds on polyps among coral reefs.

Interesting Fact: The cowrie is used to adorn clothes, make jewelry. One species was even used as money.

Tiger Cowrie Shell


Picture shows Tiger Cowrie shell in upper left corner.  Picture by Mrs. Fox from Shedd Aquarium.

Other Sites: About Cowries

Habitat: Common to Indo-Pacific with exception of India and Hawaii. Found near coral reefs. 

Size:  average size is 15 cm. (3" - 6") 


Interesting Fact: Also called The Red helmut and The Cameo Shell the thick shell is popular for use as a base for cameo carvings.

Bullmouth Helmet Shell


Other Sites: Shells

Habitat: waters of the Atlantic  from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Size: up to 24 cm (8 1/2 inches)

Food: clams (one a month)

Interesting Fact: The Knobbed Whelk is the state shell of Georgia.

Knobbed Whelk Shell

FAMILY: Melongenidae

Other Sites: Georgia Shell Club

BiValves (Order) - Oysters, Clams, Mussels

Habitat: attach to sea bottom in coastal areas; tropical areas


Food: Most bivalves are filter-feeders, sifting food through their gills, which also function as respiratory organs.

Interesting Fact: The hinge of this bivalve is a "ball and socket" hinge; most bivalves have a toothed hinges.

More Interesting Facts:

TheThorny Oyster has multiple eyes around the edge of the shell.



Thorny Oyster

FAMILY: Spondylidae.

Other Sites: Thorny Oysters


Thorny Oyster

Habitat: In sand or mud in bays or inlets, from intertidal flats to water 50' (15 m) deep. Gulf of St. Lawrence to Florida and Texas.

Size: 2 3/4-4 1/4" (7-10.8 cm) long.

Food: algae

Interesting Fact: Important food source for humans.

Quahog Clam Other Sites:

Shellfish: Clams

Nudibranchs (Order) Sea Slugs  

Habitat: benthic i.e. they live on the ocean bottom from lower intertidal zone to depths of over 700 m. worldwide distribution.

Size: 50 cm to 200 cm

Food: Grazing carnivorous.

Interesting Fact: Nudibranches are a diverse group.  Little is known about them due to a short life span and moving from place to place.  Many are poisonous or taste bad to likely predators.

Nudibranch Other Sites: Nudibranchs

The Slug Site

Cephalopods (Class)

Habitat: ocean floor; among rocks; near continental shelf.  Western Pacific

Size: rarely larger than 500 grams (1.1 lbs).

Food: fishes, Hermit crabs,

Interesting Fact: Can change colors and can escape from aquariums.

Red Pacific Octopus

Family: Octopodidae

Other Sites:Red Pacific Octopus

Pictures of Octopii

Habitat: northwest and northeast Pacific Ocean from Bering Strait to Korea, Central Honshu and Baja California. reside relatively near the shore and continental shelf where depths do not usually exceed 2,000m.

Size: often exceeds 45 kg (100 lbs)

Food: crabs, lobsters, and other shellfish

Interesting Fact: Important member of the ocean food chain both as prey and predator.

Giant Pacific Octopus

Family: Octopodidae


Other Sites: More Information

Giant Pacific Octopus


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