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 on Kelp (Photo: Paul Tyler)
A grey topshell feeding on kelp leaves
Painted 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