Moonsnail, Common Moonsnail, Common Northern Moonsnail
Above are photos of a moonsnail found on Dominion Beach, Cape Breton Island.
The moonsnail is common in the western Atlantic. It can be found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Delaware.
Moonsnails are found coastally on both mud and sand substrates at depths of up to 360 metres.
The moonsnail feeds on other molluscs found in the substrate. They use their muscular foot to dig into the sand in search of prey. Once a mollusc is found for feeding, the moonsnail “drills” into the shell of the prey with its radula. Digestive enzymes are then secreted and the moonsnail sucks out the partly digested prey.
- To view some excellent photos of common northern moonsnails go to www.gastropod.com