Animal Species:Cart-rut Shell

When it was first discovered, this species was named the Cart-rut Shell because the grooves resembled the narrow, deep wheel ruts of the horse-and-carriage vehicles of the day.

Cart-rut shell and egg capsules

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Cart-rut Shell

Identification

The Cart-rut Shell is a large white snail with deep, parallel ridges or grooves in its shell.

Size range

7-8 cm

Distribution

The Cart-rut Shell is found in Southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia to Western Australia.

Habitat

The Cart-rut Shell lives on intertidal rock platforms.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Cart-rut Shell has a canal at the front edge of its shell, through which it siphons water to detect its prey.

Classification

Species:
orbita
Genus:
Dicathais
Order:
Sorbeoconcha
Class:
Gastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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