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Coralliophila abbreviata(Lamarck, 1816)
Common Name: Short coral-shell

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
MolluscaGastropodaCaenogastropodaCoralliophilidaeCoralliophilaabbreviata
Natural History Notes
This species feeds on a variety of corals. It has been shown to significantly impact the growth of
Characteristics
The shell reaches 48 mm, and is cream-colored, occasionally with a faint salmon tint. The shell surface is covered by crowded spiral ridges. These appear scaly on younger shells. The operculum is yellow-brown and brittle, and the aperture is glossy-white and pear-shaped. The spire of adult shells is often eroded and covered with marine growth. The 3.5-whorled protoconch is small, erect, and has a smooth apex followed by two axially ribbed whorls that have a double keel just above the suture. Subsequent whorls rapidly increase in size. Toward the base, the weak axial ribs become narrower and sometimes more clearly defined.
Other Literature
Wells, F. E. and Lalli, C. M. 1977. Reproduction and Brood Protection in the Caribbean Gastropods Coralliophila abbreviata and Coralliophila Caribaea. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 43(1): 79-87.

Ott, B. and Lewis, J. B. 1972. The Importance of the Gastropod Coralliophila abbreviata and the Polychaete Hermodice carunculata as Coral Reef Predators. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 50(12): 1651-1656.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByGarcia, E.; Marine Invertebrate Taxonomy Workshop II, Bocas del Toro, August 2004
Compiled by
Lexi Weintraub
Links
Reference
Redfern, C. 2001. Bahamian Seashells. Bahamianseashells.com, Inc. Boca Raton, Florida. Page: 90.

Baums, I. B., Miller, M. W., et al. 2003. Ecology of a corallivorous gastropod, Coralliophila abbreviata, on two scleractinian hosts. I: Population structure of snails and corals. Marine Biology (Berlin). 142(6): 1083-1091.

Baums, I. B., Miller, M. W., et al. 2003. Ecology of a corallivorous gastropod, Coralliophila abbreviata, on two scleractinian hosts. II. Feeding, respiration and growth. Marine Biology (Berlin). 142(6): 1093-1101.

Hayes, J. A. 1990. Prey Preference in a Caribbean Corallivore Coralliophila abbreviata abbreviata Lamark Gastropoda Coralliophilidae. Bulletin of Marine Science. 47(2): 557-560

Hayes, J. A. 1990. Distribution, Movement and Impact of the Corallivorous Gastropod Coralliophila abbreviata Lamark on a Panamanian Patch Reef. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 142(1-2): 25-42

Brawley, S. H. and Adey, W. H. 1982. Coralliophila abbreviata a Significant Corallivore. Bulletin of Marine Science. 32(2): 595-599.
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