A garland of molluskan ova

Noank, Connecticut (last month)

I reached into the water and pulled out a garlands of seaweed and snail eggs. Looking like small Chinese lanterns, scores of mudsnail egg cases lined the surface of the seaweed. The egglayer? The mudsnail Nassarius obsoletus (formerly Ilyanassa obsoleta). These snails live in soft-bottoms but have to lay their eggs on ‘hard’ surfaces. The very few rocks are often overgrazed by crabs and other snails, so a leafy stem or brown algae makes a fine place to leave a molluskan brood.

Nassarius obsoletus (Ilyanassa obsoleta) eggs, Noank, Connecticut (2)

Nassarius obsoletus (Ilyanassa obsoleta) eggs, Noank, Connecticut (5)

Nassarius obsoletus (Ilyanassa obsoleta) eggs, Noank, Connecticut (4)

Dogwhelk, mudsnail, Nassarius obsoletus, (=Ilyanassa obsoleta). Rowley, Massachusetts
Dogwhelk, mudsnail, Nassarius obsoletus, (=Ilyanassa obsoleta). Rowley, Massachusetts
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