Nucella lamellosa (Frilled dogwinkle)
2005 Mary Jo Adams
lamellosa, another whelk species, can grow to 2 inches high,
a bit larger than N. emarginata. One common name for this
snail is the frilled dogwinkle because it may have wavy frills on
the shell. It doesn't always though. Some resources say that in
areas with heavy wave action, the frills get worn off. Others say
that in areas with red rock crabs, the snail will have a smoother
heavier shell to protect itself from the crabs' big claws. Regardless
of the reason, be aware that this snail's appearance is variable.
In any case, it will not have spiral ribbing like Nucella emarginata..
Its color can be white, light brown, gray, or orange and may have
colored bands. N. lamellosa is found slightly lower
in the rocky intertidal level than Nucella emarginata.
Like its cousin Nucella emarginata, N.
lamellosa preys on barnacles and mussels
This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 11/2/05.