Saturday, October 29, 2011

Life of Common Purple Snail

Life of Sea | Common Purple Snail (Janthina janthina) | Common purple snail is a kind of sea snail holoplanktonic, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Janthinidae, the purple or violet snails snails.This family storm of shells, the Janthinidae, pelagic, which means they live their entire lives floating in a deep ocean waters far from land. Common purple snail build himself a raft of bubbles by capturing the air of the surface of the water with their feet. Mucus forms a bell and a mass of bubbles gives enough lift to keep the shell on the surface of the water. If the raft is broken, the shell sinks and the animal dies.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Mollusca
Class:     Gastropoda
Superfamily:     Epitonioidea
Family:     Janthinidae
Genus:     Janthina
Species:     J. janthina

These animals looking for food in the form of jellyfish prey. But not just any jellyfish - they enjoy Portuguese Man-Of-War, which is lethal to, Blue Button, which has a chitinous disc with the texture and the buoyancy of Styrofoam to help it float, and the Wind Sailor, who has Touch a floating "canvas" so this course with the wind. A few snails can consume a 4-inch Man-of-War in less than one day. They feed on other organisms, and a pinch each other. Common purple snails are blind, and apparently to locate their prey by smell.

Common purple snails live in the deep blue sea, and the dark purple color is cryptic in that environment, making them difficult for birds to find. But the largest scale, common purple snail is bicoloured. The spire of the shell is light lavender, while the bottom half is deep purple. It lives upside down on the bubble raft, with a dark color and top striker cryptic pale light from the sun surface to a fish predator by looking upwards. Besides fish and birds, are also at risk Common purple snail consumed by other molluscs, slugs who live in floating rafts of wood or Sargasso weed. The purple "dye", which secretes Common purple snails proably is foul tasting and should discourage predators.
The largest and most common is the Common purple snail, which reach across the globe in the temperate zone. To find out what you could look on beaches around the world where currents like the Gulf Stream could carry them. You may find them on the Atlantic coast as far north as Massachusetts, but most likely (in the U.S.) in southeast Florida and the Keys. You might even find in the Gulf of Mexico or from distant Australia.

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