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Topshells

The 2 topshells commonly found are the grey topshell (see rocky shore animals) and the painted topshell. This is a larger sea snail with a pointed conical shell, usually brightly coloured with alternate bands of red and orange. Like the grey topshell it grazes seaweeds growing on the rocks.

topshell eating kelp.jpgTopshell on Kelp    (Photo: Paul Tyler)

A grey topshell feeding on kelp leaves

painted topshell.jpgPainted Topshell    (Photo: Sue Scott)

The cone-shaped painted topshell is larger than the grey topshell, and is always patterned in bright colours.

by Paul Tyler