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Janthina janthina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Violet Snail
Family: Janthinidae

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The Violet Snail is a predatory sea snail found in warm seas around the world (Gastropods.com 2011, Gofas 2011, Sealifebase 2011). In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, it is found from British Columbia south to Hawaii (Lamb and Hanby 2005). It is a surface-dwelling species that drifts in the open ocean, and often occurs in large groups or rafts (Wikipedia 2011). It is "a member of the Janthinidae family, snails that trap air bubbles with a layer of clear chitin to maintain their positions at the surface of the ocean where they are predatious on the hydrozoans" (Wikipedia 2011).

Status Information

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Synonyms and Alternate Names

Fragilis fragilis Lamarck, J.B.P.A. de, 1816
Helix janthina Linnaeus, 1758
Janthina affinis Reeve, 1858
Janthina balteata Reeve, 1858
Janthina britannica Forbes & Hanley, 1853
Janthina carpenteri Mørch, 1860
Janthina depressa Reeve, 1858
Janthina grandis Reeve, L.A., 1858
Janthina ianthina Link, H.F., 1807
Janthina prolongata Blainville 1822
Janthina roseola Reeve, L.A., 1858
Janthina smithiae Reeve, 1858
Janthina striulata Carpenter, 1857
Janthina striulata Carpenter, 1857
Janthina violacea Röding, 1798
Janthina vulgaris Gray, 1847
Violetta communis Lamarck, J.B.P.A. de, 1822

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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2020-08-03 11:33:22 AM]
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