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    Taxonomy

    Moon Snail

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
    Class: Gastropoda
    Order: Littorinimorpha
    Family: Naticidae
    Genus: Euspira
    Species: E. heros
    Author Citation Say, 1822

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Cenozoic
    Period: Neogene
    Epoch: Miocene

    Stratigraphy

    Choptank Formation
    Drum Cliff Member

    Biostratigraphy

    Shattuck Zone 17

    Provenance

    Collector: Heather Siple
    Date Collected: 07/03/2017
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Location

    St Leonard
    Calvert County
    Maryland
    United States

    Comments

    Lunatia heros is a predatory snail that drilled holes in other mollusks' shells to eat the contents. One often finds hole that they left behind in the surrounding fossil shells.

     

    The shells of L. heros are variable, having more or less extended spirals, more or less globoular shape, etc.  

     

    This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.



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