Animal Species:Zebra Snail

The Zebra Snail, so named because of the black-and-white striped pattern often seen in this species, is extremely common and no two individuals are identical.

Zebra Snail showing variations in pattern

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Zebra Snail

Identification

The Zebra Snail has a black-and-white striped pattern on the shell. Environmental conditions as well as diet affect the width and colouring of the stripes.

Size range

2.5 cm

Distribution

The Zebra snail is found in south-eastern Australia from Townsville in Queensland to Geraldton in Western Australia.

Habitat

Zebra Snails live on intertidal rocky shores.

Feeding and Diet

The Zebra Snail is a herbivore, scraping algae off rocks with its raspy tongue or radula. At certain times of the year the algae contain a substance that the Zebra Snail excretes into its shell to form a darkened band.

Feeding Habit

herbivore

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Classification

Species:
porcata
Genus:
Austrocochlea
Order:
Archaeogastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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