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Ficus ficus


Ficus ficus or the paper fig shell is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ficidae, the fig shells.[1]

Description

Ficus ficus is an unusual shaped thin shell being somewhat pear-shaped with a long narrow aperture and four whorls. The spire is tiny. The shell may reach 5 ins (12 cm) in length. There is a trellis-like sculpture of fine striations on the pinkish surface. The inside is orange and there is no operculum. There is a large foot with two curved flaps near the head and a single long siphon.[2]

Distribution

Ficus ficus is found on the eastern coast of North America, ranging from North Carolina through the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Ficus ficus (Linnaeus, C., 1758). WoRMS (2009). Ficus ficus (Linnaeus, C., 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=214982 on 6 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Paper Fig Shell: A Fragile, Shapely Beauty Retrieved 2011-11-29.


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