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Tulip Shell

Scientific Name: Pleuroploca australasia

Description: The Tulip Shell is a powerful, largely nocturnal, predator with a bright red body and a large, brown spiralled shell that tapers to a narrow groove for the siphon.

Rarely seen in the intertidal area, this large predator hides in crevices around the edges of rockpools or deeper on reefs where it feeds on large herbivorous snails, such as Warreners. The dry, bleached shell may be found washed up in rockpools.

Type: Gastropod (Carnivores and Scavengers)
Where to find: Subtidal Reefs
Size: 100mm