Aug 31, 2007

Enough to go on

Is this photo enough to go on to identify this creature? I'm assuming its a mollusk of some sort - snail? All I know is that its eyestalks have antennae. That's a handy upgrade.

UPDATE: Booge has discovered that this is a conch. Well done, booge.

Photo source: Knuttz.net

11 comments:

Jade said...

Whatever that is, that's really neat looking! :)

Kritter said...

I think it's a muppet.

Arachnophile said...

I'm stymied! If it's a mollusk, those are false eyes, I'd bet on it... WEIRD! I must know what this is!

Booge said...

I think that's a queen conch. Here's a picture I found that looks mighty similar.
http://www.agpix.com/view_caption.php?image_id=29598&photog=1

amandacheryl said...

I agree with Kritter...totally a muppet.

Rose said...

I went to the website that Booge provided, and it looks so much like the one here that I have to agree! The tints are different, but otherwise everything matches up perfectly!

They look like twin sisters!!

Anonymous said...

The bottom three pics on this page show the eyes in action. Very useful!

http://www.shelltrips.com/Bimini/pics.html

pkeli said...

Well who the hell would have ever thought... Good job, booge. Here's another site with a few more great pics.

http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/invertebrates_marine/Strombus_gigas/more_still_images.html

Chrissie said...

I believe this thing was living on the wall in the beginning of "Labyrinth"

Arachnophile said...

Wow, good call Booge! I started looking at the cone snails, who are related to the conchs but just couldn't find eyes that were even remotely similar. I figured it was one of the predatory snails but couldn't narrow it down. Good invert-sleuthing. ;)

The Brothers said...

dude, its obviously a spathi from starcon II!