|Common Name: Short coral-shell|
|Natural History Notes|
|This species feeds on a variety of corals. It has been shown to significantly impact the growth of |
|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. |
|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 By||Garcia, E.; Marine Invertebrate Taxonomy Workshop II, Bocas del Toro, August 2004|
|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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