Bubble Shells Gastropod Facts and Photos

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Bubble Shells Gastropod

The attractive bubble shell Acteon eloiseae, Eloise’s acteon is found only in the Arabian Sea around the Sultanate of Oman. Length up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), Bulla is a genus of medium to large hermaphrodite sea snails, shelled marine opisthobranch gastropod molluscs. These Bubble Shells Gastropod herbivorous snails are in the suborder Cephalaspidea, headshield slugs, and the order Opisthobranchia.

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Common name: Bubble shells, sea hares, sea butterflies

Orders: Bullom, Gymnosomata, Thecosomata, Aplysiomorpha, and Pleurobranchomorpha

Subclass: Opisthobranchia

Class: Gastropoda

Phylum: Mollusca

Number of species: unknown

Size: From 0.04 in (1 mm) to 8 in (20 cm)

Key features: A diverse group; adult body snail like or sluglike, usually with some coiling, may have a delicate external shell, but shell is sometimes internal or absent; radula usually present; external gill sometimes present; body may be narrow or broad, often wedge shaped with a broad, solelike foot on the underside; edge of foot may be drawn out on either side to form a flap or winglike outgrowths known as parapodia; front of body usually bears 2 tentaclelike sensory structures, but head structures often appear reduced; some shelled forms have an operculum

Habits: Marine, generally bottom dwellers; often live in shallow coastal waters and on shores, burrowing in or living on the surface of sediments

Breeding: Hermaphrodites, sperm transferred from the male organs of one individual to the female organs of another by copulation; after fertilization larval animals emerge to develop in plankton before settling on appropriate substrate, e.g, alga, shell or rock

Diet: Generally feeding on a range of bottom carnivorous, dwelling invertebrates

Habitat: Widely distributed in most marine environments, especially coastal ones

Distribution: Worldwide in seas and oceans

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