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Netted Dogwhelk (Hinia reticulata )

Netted Dogwhelk (Hinia reticulata )

Netted Dogwhelk (Hinia reticulata ) eggs on Eel Grass (Zostera marina)

A relative of the dogwhelk and with some similarities it is however, not found in the same habitat. Lower shore to off shore it lives in sandy substrates where it ploughs through the surface of the sediment in search of dead and decaying organisms to eat. The separate sexes mate and produce small transparent egg capsules on the leaves of Zostera, the eel grass, and other substrates like stones and weed. these capsules have up to 300 eggs present and after a month they hatch into larvae that live in the plankton for two months.

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