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Ribbed Top Shell

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Scientific name
Austrocochlea constricta 
Common name
Ribbed Top Shell
Life on the Edge
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Group
Sea Snails
Where to find
Intertidal rocky reefs
Description

Ribbed Top Shells have a rough shell with distinct raised spiral ridges. The whorled ribs of the shell give this abundant grazer the appearance of an old fashioned spinning top. Shell up to 2 cm long

Top Shells are herbivores feeding on microalgae and can occur in very large numbers in the intertidal area.

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