Tulip Shell

Scientific name
Pleuroploca australasia
Common name
 Tulip Shell
Life on the Edge
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Sea Snails
Where to find
Rockpools and subtidal
The Tulip Shell is a powerful, largely nocturnal, predator with a bright red body and large brown spiralled shell that tapers to a narrow groove for the siphon. Shell up to 15 cm long

Rarely seen in the intertidal area this large predator hides in crevices around the edges of rockpools or deeper on reefs where it feeds on large herbivorous snails, such as Turban Shells. The dry, bleached shell may be found washed up in rockpools.