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Have You Ever Seen a Blue Snail? – Photo

20 Jun

Photo Credits – Ravie Francis

In 1758 Linnaeus gave the scientific name Janthina janthina to a tiny and very delicate purple / blue snail shell and its snail inhabitant. The popular names for this species, which occurs in warm waters worldwide, range from ‘Purperen’ or ‘Paarse zeezeiler’ in Dutch to Common purple snail in English.

Photo Credits – Ravie Francis

The animal is not rare, but the color of the shell it produces certainly is. There are very few naturally blue / purple shells in the world, making this species quite striking, as small as it is.

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