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Snails Sea Slugs and Limpets: Gastropoda

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Gastropods And People, No Common Name (corolla Spectabilis): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

NO COMMON NAME (Corolla spectabilis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
ROMAN SNAIL (Helix pomatia): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SHIELD LIMPET (Lottia pelta): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
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Gastropods are found on all continents and in all oceans.


Gastropods live in a wide variety of habitats in the ocean, on land, and in bodies of fresh water.


Gastropods eat many kinds of foods. Some species filter out bits of plants, animals, and other organisms floating in the water. Many scrape algae (AL-jee) or crustlike animals off rocks in tide pools and elsewhere on the ocean bottom. Others prey on all kinds of freshwater or marine animals. Most species living on land eat both living and dead plants. Some land snails prey on earthworms or other snails.


One thousand one hundred eighty-two (1,182) species of gastropods are listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as threatened or endangered.

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