Mollusc Archives

Flamingo Tongue
Stuart Wynne 16th January 2019 No Comments

One of the most ornate Caribbean gastropods, the Flamingo Tongue (Cyphoma gibbosum) is also one of the most vicious. It creeps around the reef environment, and consumes corals, favouring sea fans and sea rods. Slithering up its structure, …

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Lettuce Sea Slug
Stuart Wynne 3rd December 2017 No Comments

The Lettuce Sea Slug (Elysia crispata) is one of the most ornate sea slugs found in the Caribbean. The pictured specimen here was seen merrily grazing away on algae covered rocks without a care in the world. They …

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Queen Conch
Stuart Wynne 8th November 2017 No Comments

The Queen Conch (recently reclassified from Strombus gigas to Lobatus gigas) is one of the largest gastropods in the Caribbean, and by far the most delicious. It forms extensive fisheries throughout the region, and is so heavily exploited that …

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Common Blue Mussel
Stuart Wynne 26th August 2017 No Comments

The scientific name for this very well known species of bivalve (Mytilus edulis) is probably the first one I ever learnt in biology class at school. The Common Blue Mussel, sometimes simply referred to as the Common Mussel …

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Common Octopus
Stuart Wynne 10th January 2017 No Comments

The Common Octopus, a member of one of the most awesome animal groups to inhabit the ocean. They have it all, being complex, intelligent, versatile and seemingly able to do almost anything. They can change colour to camouflage against their …

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Spotted Sea Hare
Stuart Wynne 23rd October 2016 No Comments

One of the more elegant members of the underwater shell-less snails, the spotted sea hare can be light brown to green in colour and inhabits seagrass beds and algal flats, especially those with scattered rocks present. Here they graze on …

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Caribbean Reef Squid
Stuart Wynne 21st September 2016 No Comments

One of my favourite sightings while diving, the little Caribbean Reef Squid can often be seen in large groups and seem very interested in nearby divers, holding their position while intensely staring. Their defensive posture is especially cute when they …

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