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Hipponix sp.01 hoof snail

Hipponix sp.01is commonly referred to as hoof snail. Difficulty in the aquarium: Easy. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


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lexID:
3360 
AphiaID:
Scientific:
Hipponix sp.01 
German:
Hufschnecke 
English:
Hoof Snail 
Category:
Snails 
Family tree:
(Kingdom) > (Phylum) > (Class) > (Order) > (Family) > Hipponix (Genus) > sp.01 (Species) 
Occurrence:
Indo Pacific, West-Atlantic Ocean 
Temperature:
°F - 80.6 °F (°C - 27°C) 
Food:
Algae, Detritus, Plankton 
Difficulty:
Easy 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
  • Hipponix antiquatus
  • Hipponix benthophila
  • Hipponix climax
  • Hipponix costellatus
  • Hipponix floridanus
  • Hipponix grayanus
  • Hipponix incurvus
  • Hipponix leptus
  • Hipponix mogul
 
More related species
in this lexicon:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2010-10-09 18:12:32 

Info

Hipponix sp.

Hipponix species as well as other animals in the family Hipponicidae are horse-hoof-shaped limpets with a special trait: they remain sessile for the greatest part of their lives - on rocks as well as in the case of some species on the shells of other snails. They can alter the chosen substrate to form a kind of second shell, occasionally leading to misidentification as a bivalve by hobbyists.

Those species who prefer rock are primarily filter feeders, those who are epibionts on mobile animals use their long proboscis to feed on algae, detritus and carrion in passing. They also quite frequently feed on the feces of their animal host without harming it directly.

In the home aquarium they can occasionally be found on large imported snails such as Tectus sp., Trochus sp. or Turbo sp. as well as on the shells used by hermit crabs.

In the image shown above a smaller Hipponix sp. sits on the larger specimen.

External links

  1. Artikel auf korallenriff.de (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. WoRMS (en). Abgerufen am 09.04.2021.

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