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Gastropods
Summary
Gastropods form the largest class of molluscs and include many well-known groups such as cowries, cone snails, tritons, periwinkles and whelks. To date approximately 950 species of gastropods have been recorded from the Bay.
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Bullock's Nudibranch
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Bullock’s Nudibranch is a shallow water sea slug often seen by divers on coral reefs. It feeds on sponges and occurs in tropical Australia as far south as Moreton Bay, Queensland.
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Funeral Pyre Nudibranch
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The Funeral Pyre Nudibranch is easily identified by its distinctive white body colour decorated with large black circles composed of numerous raised papillae. It feeds on sponges and occurs in subtropical and tropical Australia.
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Gold-spotted Nudibranch
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The Gold-spotted Nudibranch has a mosaic of large and small golden patches, each outlined in orange, and the body itself is smooth to the touch. It occurs in subtropical and tropical Australia.
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Japanese Hooded Nudibranch
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The Japanese Hooded Nudibranch is an enormous species of nudibranch (reaching a length of over 50 cm). This striking species that has a spoon-like oral hood has been commonly observed in south-east Queensland by divers and caught in nets of commercial trawlers.
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Kuiter's Nudibranch
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Kuiter's Nudibranch is commonly 40-60 mm when extended although some specimens may grow to 75 mm. The species has a strong warning colour pattern. It is found throughout northern Australia and the south-western Pacific.
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Blue Dragon Nudibranch
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The Blue Dragon Nudibranch resembles a frilled tiny lizard. It reaches only 10 mm in length and has 3 pairs of fan-like finger-like appendages called cerata. The species is found throughout the Pacific Ocean.
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Purple-edged Nudibranch
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The Purple-edged Nudibranch is an attractive, moderately large (50-120 mm) and often-encountered shallow water sea slug. It occurs in subtropical and tropical Australia
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Pustulose Phyllidiid
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The Pustulose Phyllidiid is a nudibranch that lives on coral substrates in the lower intertidal zone and down to about 30 m depth, where it may be seen crawling during the day. It is one of the most common nudibranchs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
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Lotus Flower Nudibranch
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The Lotus Flower Nudibranch lives on shallow water reefs (intertidal down to 30 m) where it feeds on the polyps of hydroids (sea ferns). It occurs in temperate, subtropical and tropical Australia.
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Nudibranchs
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Nudibranchs (naked-gilled sea-slugs) include some of the most colourful and flamboyant of sea creatures. There are around 3000 valid species in this Molluscan group. Many have bright and elaborate colour patterns as spectacular as those seen in some butterflies.
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Asian Tramp Snail
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The Asian Tramp Snail is a serious vine and market garden pest, that has become well-established in eastern Australia from Melbourne, Victoria, and around Bega on the south coast of New South Wales northwards to the Wet Tropics region of north-eastern Queensland.
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European Garden Snail
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The European Garden Snail is a very common garden and agricultural pest originally from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, but is now a widespread invader throughout the world. Occurs throughout most of southern and eastern Australia and northwards to the Atherton Tablelands in north-eastern Queensland.
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Fraser's Banded Snail
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Fraser's Banded Snail is a native snail species that is quite large, its shell reaching a diameter of up to 56 mm. The shell ranges from a tawny yellow to dark brown base-colour with many black spiral bands and a dark area behind the outer lip. It occurs from around the Clarence River region in northern New South Wales northwards to about Gympie in south-eastern Queensland.
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Giant Panda Snail
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The Giant Panda Snail is Australia's largest land snail, the shell of which may reach 90 mm in height. This species is often encountered in the rainforests around Brisbane, particularly at night after rain when they are out feeding on fungi. Giant Panda Snails occur as far south as Barrington Tops in NSW.
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Red-triangle Slug
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The Red-triangle Slug is common in the greater Brisbane region of south-eastern Queensland. This species which lives in coastal forests from around Wollongong NSW north to Mossman in northern Qld has many colour forms.
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Steve Irwin's Treesnail
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Steve Irwin's Treesnail is a strikingly coloured treesnail described in 2009 in memory of the late Steve Irwin, wildlife warrior, environmental educator and Queensland Museum medalist. It occurs in the Central Wet Tropics region of north-eastern Queensland.
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Banded Helmet
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The Banded Helmet is one of the more common species of the Helmet snail family (Cassidae) and is most often seen washed up as dead shells or shell pieces. It is found in subtropical and tropical Australia.
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Fox Dove Snail
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The Fox Dove Snail is well known for its bold and often complex shell colouration. The animals are mostly carnivorous, but some species have secondarily become herbivorous. It is found in subtropical and tropical Australia.
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Geography Cone
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The Geography Cone is a large species of cone snail with the shell reaching up to about 120 mm long. Geography Cones live on sand and rubble, under rocks and coral in the intertidal and subtidal zones. They are found from north WA to southern Queensland, and are widely distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific.
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