Calliostoma ligatum: Blue top snail–The Race Rocks taxonomy

Calliostoma ligatum surrounded by Epiactis or brooding anemone.

Size: To 1″(25mm)diameter

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Upper left is Caliostoma ligatum photo by Ryan Murphy

Range: Northern B.C. South to California. This species is very common subtidally and intertidally at Race Rocks. It is common in rocky areas and kelp beds to 100′(30m) and deeper, among algae and under rocks.

At RaceRocks it is frequently used as a dwelling by small hermit crabs.
Domain Eukarya
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Subclass Prosobranchia
Order Archaeogastropoda
Family Calliostomatidae
Genus Calliostoma
Species ligatum
Common Name: Blue top snail

Food: Omnivorous feeding on hydroids, bryozoans, detritus and diatoms.This common and abundant species also eats compound tuncates and sponges

Comments:. It exhibits an escape response to the ochre sea star Pisaster ochraceus .
Other Members of the Phylum Mollusca at Race Rocks.

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Dec. 2002 Carmen Zana (PC yr29)