Friday, May 29, 2009

Drupe Snail

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Grape Drupe Snail
(Morula uva)

Grape Drupe Snail - Morula uva
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Throughout the Indopacific

Shallow reefs and lagoons

The grape drupe specializes in eating vermetid snails (Dendropoma sp.).

Quick Fact
Drupes are predatory snails, and are able to eat other mollusks by drilling through their shell. The genus name Morula is derived from the Latin word for Mulberry, owing to the berry-like appearance of this snail's shell.  The species name uva is the Latin word for grape, probably referring to the grape-like purple color found on the inside of the shell.

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

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