Animal Species:Violet Snail

The Violet Snail is sometimes found washed ashore, particularly during summer in Sydney.

Violet Snail with bubble float

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Violet Snail

Identification

The Violet Snail is a pretty purple colour and is sometimes found washed ashore.

Size range

3 cm

Distribution

The Violet Snail is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and eastern Tasmania. Widespread overseas in Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in tropical and subtropical waters.

Habitat

The Violet Snail lives in oceans and coastal waters.

Habitat type

Marine Habitat: pelagic

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

The Violet Snail manages to float by producing its own mucus-covered bubble raft, and feeding on floating cnidarians such as Blue Bottles (Physalia physalis) and By-the-wind Sailors (Velella velella).

Other behaviours and adaptations

Most of the Violet Snail's life is spent floating on the ocean surface at the mercy of the winds. 

Life cycle

The Violet Snail broods its young and releases the miniature adults directly into the sea. All offspring begin life as male and later transform into females.

Classification

Species:
janthina
Genus:
Janthina
Family:
Janthinidae
Class:
Gastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?


Last Updated:

Tags snail, pelagic, gastropoda, marine, molluscs, mollusca, invertebrates, identification, wildlife of sydney,