Special thanks to Jason S. Biggs, Assistant Professor of Biochemical Ecology, University of Guam Marine Labortory for providing the pictures for this website.

Distorsio anus

distorsioventral distorsio The Distorted Anus

Linnaeus, 1758

This is a shell that has a somewhat unusual name, but looking at the mouth of the shell makes it quite clear how Linnaeus got the idea for giving this species such an off-color scientific designation. This belongs to a large group of shells that generally eat echinoderms, although relatively little is known about their specific biology. This particular species is found in rather shallow water, usually under coral.

Classification

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderCaenogastropoda
FamilyPersonidae
GenusDistorsio
SpeciesDistorsio anus

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