• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

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Mollusks

Nature and Science

Fingerprint cyphoma and flamingo tongue snails can often be found feeding on soft corals.

The following mollusks have been documented in Biscayne National Park. The table below is not exhaustive, and documented sightings of species not on this list are welcome. Submit your sightings to the webmaster.


Category

Scientific Name

Common Name, if available

bivalve

Abra aequalis

Atlantic abra

Anomalocardia auberiana

pointed venus

Arca imbricata

mossy ark

Arca zebra

turkey wing

Arcopsis adamsi

cancellate ark

Asaphis deflorata

gaudy asaphis

Barbatia cancellaria

red-brown ark

Brachidontes exustus

scorched mussel

Codakia orbicularis

tiger lucine

Crassostrea spp.

oyster

Dendostrea frons

frond oyster

Diplodonta punctata

Atlantic diplodon

Isognomon alatus

flat tree-oyster

Isognomon radiatus

radial purse-oyster

Laevicardium mortoni

yellow egg cockle

Laevicardium serratum

cockle

Lima caribaea

spiny fileclam

Lima lima

spiny fileclam

Lima scabra

rough fileclam

Linga pensylvanica

pennsylvania lucine

Malleus candeanus

Caribbean hammer-oyster

Ostrea equestris

crested osyter

Periglypta listeri

princess venus

Phacoides pectinata

thick lucine

Pinctada imbricata radiata

Atlantic pearl-oyster

Pinna carnea

amber penshell

Pitar fulminatus

lightning venus clam

Polymesoda maritima

southern marshclam

Pseudochama radians

Atlantic jewelbox

Pteria colymbus

Atlantic wing-oyster

Tagelus plebeius

stout razor clam

Tellina radiata

sunrise tellin

Tucetona pectinata

comb bittersweet

cephalopod

Octopus briareus

Caribbean reef octopus

Sepioteuthis sepioidea

Caribbean reef squid

chiton

Acanthopleura granulata

fuzzy chiton

nudibranch/ sea slug

Aeolidiella stephanieae

Cadlina rumia

Discodoris evelinae

brown doris

Elysia crispata

lettuce slug

Glossodoris sedna

red-tipped sea goddess

Hypselodoris acriba

Jorunna spazzola

Onchidella floridana

Florida onchidella

Scyllaea pelagica

sargassum nudibranch

sea hare

Aplysia brasiliana

mottled sea hare

Aplysia dactylomela

spotted sea hare

Aplysia wilcoxi

Bursatella leachii

ragged sea hare

Bursatella leachii pleii

ragged sea hare

snail

Astralium phoebium

longspine starsnail

Batillaria minima

West Indian false cerith

Bittium varium

grass cerith

Bulla occidentalis

West Indian bubble shell

Bulla striata umbilicata

striate bubble shell

Caecum nitidium

Caecum pulchellum

beautiful caecum

Cassis tuberosa

Helmet conch

Cerithium atratum

dark cerith

Cerithium eburneum

ivory cerith

Cerithium litteratum

stocky cerith

Cerithium lutosum

variable cerith

Cerithium muscarum

flyspeck cerith

Chondropoma dentatum

crenulate horn

Columbella rusticoides

rusty dovesnail

Conus stearnsii

Crassispira albomaculata

Crepidula maculosa

spotted slippersnail

Cyphoma gibbosum

flamingo tongue

Cypraea cervus

Atlantic Deer Cowrie

Dentimargo aureocinctus

gold-line marginella

Detracia bullaoides

Drymaeus multilineatus

lined treesnail

Eulithidium thalassicola

turtlegrass pheasant

Fasciolaria tulipa

true tulip

Fissurella barbadensis

Barbados keyhole limpet

Guppya gundlachi

glossy granule

Haustellum rubidus

Helicina clappi

rainbow drop

Hojeda inaguensis

Keys mudcloak

Janthina janthina

common purple sea snail

Liguus fasciatus

Florida tree snail

Lithopoma americanum

American starsnail

Lithopoma caelatum

carved starsnail

Littorina angulifera

mangrove periwinkle

Littorina ziczac

zebra periwinkle

Lucina pensylvanica

Pennsylvania lucine

Marshallora nigrocincta

black-line triphora

Melampus bidentatus

eastern melampus

Melongena corona

crown conch

Mitrella argus

argus dovesnail

Modulus modulus

buttonsnail

Nassarius albus

white nassa

Nerita peloronta

Bleeding tooth

Nerita tessellata

checkered nerite

Nerita versicolor

four-toothed nerite

Nesovitrea dalliana

depressed glass

Oliva reticularis

netted Olive

Oliva sayana

lettered Olive

Pleuroploca gigantea

horse conch

Pollia tincta

tinted cantharus

Polygyra cereolus

southern flatcoil

Prunum apicinum

common Atlantic marginella

Prunum pruinosum

Siphonaria spp.

limpet

Smaragdia viridis

emerald nerite

Strombus costatus

milk conch

Strombus gigas

queen conch

Tectarius muricatus

beaded periwinkle

Tegula fasciata

silky tegula

Thysanophora plagioptycha

lyrate fringed snail

Truncatella caribaeensis

Caribbean truncatella

Truncatella pulchella

beautiful truncatella

Turbo castanea

chestnut turban

Vertigo hebardi

Keys vertigo

Vexillum albocinctum



Did You Know?

Kids learn about archaeology at Family Fun Fest.

On the second Sunday of every month from December through April, Biscayne National Park hosts Family Fun Fest. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids and their families learn about the park's diverse resources. More...