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Rose petal bubble shell. by Trish Meyer

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A fascinating discovery, photographed in the shallow water of Cullendulla Creek near Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Hydatina physis is a species of sea snail, a bubble snail, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Aplustridae. Its common names include striped paper bubble, green-lined paper bubble, brown-lined paper bubble, and rose petal bubble shell.
This bubble snail’s distribution is circumglobal in tropical waters and is found in shallow water, crawling and burrowing into the sand. It feeds on polychaete worms of the family Cirratulidae, mussels and slugs. Its color can vary from very dark to a pale pinkish white. The shell is thin, globose and fragile. The last whorl covers the rest of the whorls.
There is no operculum. The large foot has lateral parapodia (fleshy winglike flaps). The large body cannot be fully retracted into its shell. The sensory mechanisms are well-developed. The egg mass is gathered on the mantle before being attached to the sand by a mucous thread.
The shell coloration is translucent white with transverse brown lines.
The shell height is up to 57 mm, and the width is up to 46 mm.
Information edited from Wikipedia.

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Comments

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Great job Trish!

  • Thanks so much Gina. It was a bit tricky through moving water!

    – Trish Meyer

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    What a pretty shell he has, lovely capture Trish and thanks for the interesting info on him too

  • Thank you Trudi. It is beautiful isn’t it. Following identification, the rest of the info came from Wikipedia.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    Trish this is really unique never seen anything like this

  • Thanks Karen, it is a beauty isn’t it. I had never seen anything like it before and it was kindly identified for me by staff at one of our Museums. I think the “rose petal” description suits it perfectly!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 4 years ago
    Never seen anything like this before . Great info , Lovely colours .You learn so much about other peoples worlds on R/B
  • Lilian, I had never seen anything like it before and it was kindly identified for me by staff at one of our Museums. I think the “rose petal” description suits it perfectly!

    – Trish Meyer

  • clizzio
    clizzioover 4 years ago

    Great shot of this beautiful find!

  • Thanks so much for dropping by with such lovely comments and for adding this beautiful creature to your faves. Much appreciated, Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Marcia Luly
    Marcia Lulyover 4 years ago

    You are right…this is fascinating. Lovely colours and patterns!

  • Marcia, thanks so much for your lovely comments.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Geoff Beck
    Geoff Beckover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shot.

  • Geoff, thanks so much for dropping by and commenting on this shot. Much appreciated, Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 4 years ago

    Such interesting sea creatures abound around the world, nice capture.

  • Thanks so much Mary. It was quite a surprise to see it and I hope to see more at some stage (but none on my last visit).

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lyndy
    Lyndyover 4 years ago

    Amazing find and shot Trish L:))XXX

  • Thank you so much Lyndy. I had never seen one before and the shot was a bit tricky through moving water.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Eve Parry
    Eve Parryover 4 years ago

    How wonderful to come across something like this.

  • Eve it was a real thrill to see it and the fact that it was within reach of the camera was even better. Thanks for your comments.

    – Trish Meyer

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