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Ribbed Top Shell

Scientific Name: Austocochlea constricta

Description: Ribbed Top Shells have a rough shell with distinct, raised spiral ridges. The whorled ribs of the shell give this abundant grazer the appearance of an old-fashioned spinning top.

Top Shells are herbivores feeding on microalgae and can occur in very large numbers in the intertidal area.

Type: Gastropod (Grazers)
Where to find: Intertidal Reefs
Size: 25mm