Velutina prolongata Carpenter, 1864
Common name(s): Smooth velvet snail, baby's ear, elongate lamellaria
|Velutina prolongata found near Cape Flattery, WA. Shell length 1.4 cm.|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Velutina velutina has an aperture longer than wide and has periostracal ridges which diverge as they approach the aperture. Its spire is depressed.
Geographical Range: Northern Alaska to central California
Depth Range: Usually sublittoral to 100 m, rarely intertidal
Habitat: Rocky areas; Most Velutina feed on and associate with tunicates.
Members of this family feed on and associate with tunicates and lay their
eggs on the tunicates as well.
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General References: Harbo,
Lamb and Hanby, 2005
General Notes and Observations: Locations,
abundances, unusual behaviors:
I have rarely found this shell, but it can be found both on the open
coast and in Deception Pass.
This view of the underside shows the brilliant yellow or orange rim around the foot.
The groups of dark bands at the edges of the mantle can be seen in this live individual sitting on my hand. Photo by Dave Cowles, July 2010
The aperture is approximately as wide as it is long. Notice also the mantle scars inside the aperture to the right. (the head was to the right)
This preserved specimen from the Rosario museum was found in Deception
Pass by D. Graham in 1987 and identified by Dave Cowles in 2010.
Shell length 2 cm.
Rosario Invertebrates web site provided courtesy of Walla Walla University