Atlantic Muck: Melampus monile

Melampus monile (Bruguière, 1789

Caribbean Melampus

Description: Relatively small ovate shell, with small brown or yellow bands. Columella has several strong teeth. Outer lip is bears numerous fine teeth.

Size: 10-20 mm.

Ecology: Mud and among rocks near mangroves in the lower intertidal zone.

Geological range: Pleistocene-Recent (2-0 million years ago).

Geographic distribution: Caribbean, Florida.

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