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Mangrove Periwinkles (Littoraria angulifera) are conspicuous inhabitants of the mangrove forests of tropical and subtropical areas. These snails are found on mangrove prop roots, leaves, and branches from the waterline up to 7 meters above the high tide line. (Gutierrez 1988)

The Mangrove Periwinkle is a robust brown snail, 2 cm high, with dark brown markings and a pointed spire. The shell is thin, with 6 to 7 whorls and a sharp apex. It is often found on the undersides of mangrove prop roots. In Florida and the Caribbean, the Mangrove Periwinkle and mangrove crabs are the most distinctive animals associated with the upper prop roots of Red Mangrove. (Kaplan 1988)


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