Bulla sp. 1

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This species has been observed on Reunion and Mayotte Islands

Order : Cephalaspidea
Superfamily :  Bulloidea
Family : Bullidae
Distribution : Reunion and Mayotte
Maximal size (shell) :
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Body orange brown with numerous white spot and some darker brown area

Globular shell


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Photo Nathalie Rodrigues
Reunion, 20 November 2014

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Raymond Huet
    Maurice Jay in Vieoceane described 3 species of Bulla from Reunion Island with mottled pattern : Bulla ampulla, B. mabillei and B. vernicosa. The differences between theses 3 species is not very clear, so I prefered tu use the term of Bulla sp. 1                           

Bibliographic data :

The bullidae are a group of herbivorus bubble snails that have mottled, well calcified shells. Most species are nocturnal and feed on algae

References :

Mollusques de l'île de la Réunion. Collection Jay: Bulla ampulla/mabillei/vernicosa
   Gastropod Bulla mabillei
   Gastropod Bulla ampulla
   Gastropod Bulla vernicosa

Other photos of Bulla sp. 1 :


Matthias Deuss

Mayotte, Sakouli, 21 November 2014,

During the night


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Christophe Cadet

Reunion,, Etang sale on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 12 February 2010, size : 20 mm


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