Haminoea virescensis commonly referred to as Green bubble snail. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
10 mm long, fully mature adult; from wave-exposed shore at mouth of Catalina Harbor. I changed my identification of this animal from H. ovalis after seeing that the veligers hatching from its egg masses matched those hatching from H. virescens egg masses collected on the mainland.Even after spotting their white egg masses (on thin algal turf), the adults were very difficult to find. We also found its egg masses on the NW side of Isthmus Harbor. The egg masses of H. virescens from mainland southern California are larger and yellow in color. Courtesy of the author Jeff Goddard, USA Copyright Jeff Goddard, USA. Please visit www.flickr.com for more information.
Snails genus Haminoeidae lives in warm or temperate seas. They have a bubble shaped shell. Therefore it is called bubble snail. All Haminoeidae snails are herbivorous. Species feed on a various kinds of green algaes.
The background colour of the body varies from a translucent brown to translucent green with milky yellow spots. Parapodia can also white mottling. The shell, like most of the genus is thin, and fragile, transparent to translucent and yellowish-green in colour.
Similar to Verwechslungsmöglichkeit besteht mit Haminoea ovalis.
Bulla virescens G. B. Sowerby I, 1833 (original combination)
Haminea cymbiformis Carpenter, 1857
Haminoea strongi F. Baker & Hanna, 1927
Haminoea virescens var. rosacea Spicer, 1933
Direct children (1):
Variety Haminoea virescens var. rosacea Spicer, 1933 accepted as Haminoea virescens (G. B. Sowerby II, 1833)