|Researched by||Ken Neal||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(da Costa, 1778)|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Lunatia catena (da Costa, 1778), Natica catena (da Costa, 1778), Polinices catena.|
Euspira catena is very similar to Alder's necklace shell Euspira nitida but with some differences. Euspira catena is a much larger snail, the spire is more obvious in Euspira catena and the whorls are shouldered and have distinct joins (sutures). The shell of Euspira catena is much paler in colour than Euspira nitida and has only a single row of brown markings on the last whorl. However, Euspira catena and Euspira nitida have similar distributions and habitat preferences and are, therefore, likely to be found together.
Egg capsules are laid in a characteristic open collar-shaped mass of jelly and sand grains (Graham, 1988, Hayward et al., 1996). The collar is ca 7.5 cm in diameter with eggs capsules arranged in regular lines within the collar but bulging slightly on its surface. Breeding occurs in spring and early summer (Graham, 1988).
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