Information about Gastropods:

Gastropods are a large class in the phylum of Mollusks. These are typically limpets, snails and slugs, both terrestrial and aquatic. Their numbers are so large, they are second in the animal kingdom only to the insects in total numbers, with roughly 85,000 species identified and an estimated 240,000 species yet to be. While snails are often encountered on land, about 2/3rd of all gastropods live in the oceans. They have colonized virtually every possible environmental niche on the planet except of the extreme polar regions.

They are very ancient invertebrates, and they can be traced using the fossil record back to the Late Cambrian, which was thought to be about 570 million years ago. Gastropods are found in many different environments, and noted for many of the species like snails, conches, periwinkles, abalone and whelks for producing their own shells. Gastropods without shells are generally considered ‘slugs.’ Nudibranches are an examples of this, some of which are highly colorful. Most marine gastropods have separate sexes, whereas many terrestrial species are hermaphroditic.

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Banana Slug – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the California Banana Slug:

The California Banana Slug is one of three species of land slug native to the damp, coastal areas of the Pacific northwest. They are commonly found the coniferous redwood forests, in environments that provide the moisture and food for the slug to survive. Banana Slugs are detritivores, or decomposers. Which means they often feed on the decaying organic matter on the forest floor. Through the consumption of these materials, the slugs themselves are then eaten by other animals of the forest, so the slugs are critical in the recycling and reuse of the organic matter of the forest. The Banana Slug is the mascot for the University of California, Santa Clara. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

California Cone – Signed Fine Art Print

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Fine art illustration of a California Cone (Conus californicus.) The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

California Sea Hare – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the California Sea Hare:

The California Sea Hare - also called the California sea slug is a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the sea hare family, Aplysiidae. This species is found on the Pacific coast of California, United States, and northwestern Mexico (including the Gulf of California). Aplysia inhabit the photic zone to graze on algae, mainly the intertidial and sub-littoral zones. The maximum length recorded for the California sea hare is 30 inches (75 cm) when crawling and thus fully extended, although most adult specimens are half this size or smaller.

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Elizabeth’s Chromodoris Nudibranch – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Elizabeth's Chromodoris Nudibranch:

The Elizabeth's Chromodoris is a species of aeolid nudibranch or sea slug, which are marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are benthic animals and tend to only be found on the crawling on the ocean bottom. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranchs. They are one of the most colorful of the nudibranches. It is found in the waters of the South Pacific ocean, usually in and around color reefs at a depth of 15 to 95 feet. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Flamingo Tongue Snail – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Flamingo Tongue Snail:

The Flamingo Tongue Snail is a marine gastropod member of the family Ovulidae. It lives in the sub-tidal zones of the Caribbean and South Atlantic Oceans. They are fairly small - only about 1 inch long. Unlike nudibranchs, flamingo tongue snails have a shell; however, the shell is typically not visible in living animals due to the mantle flesh covering it. When alive, the snail appears yellow-orange with irregular shaped spots ringed in black. However, the mantle can be retracted, exposing the shell. This snail is extremely over-collected and this has led to called for it to be protected. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Florida Horse Conch – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Florida Horse Conch:

The Florida Horse Conch (Latin name Triplofusus giganteus but at one time referred to as Pleuroploca gigantic) is a very large gastropod native to the warm coastal waters of North America from North Carolina south to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It is the largest gastropods in the Americas, and one of the largest univalves on the planet, with a shell that can reach 24 inches (60 centimeters.) While not a "true" conch, is is like some of the genus of Strombus a predatory sea snail. When the snail is smaller the coloration of the shell is quite vivid and bright, but this coloration tends to fade as the animal ages, with the shell becoming more gray and white. The snail is commonly found in weed and mud flats from the low intertidal to shallow subtidal zones, usually in about 20 feet or water (6 meters.) It is the official shell of the state of Florida in the US. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Giant African Snail – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Giant African Land Snail:

The Giant African Land snail is a species of large, air-breathing gastropod member of the Achatinidae family. They are native to the forests of East Africa, but have been introduced widely into Asia, and Pacific and Indian Ocean islands and the West Indies. They are recognized now as one of the worst invasive species on the planet, and they have devastated ecosystems where they have been introduced. They feed on plants, fruits, vegetables and even sand, small stones and concrete as calcium sources. They will even eat other snails. Generally they are active at night, searching for food but will spend most of the day buried underground. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Hawaiian Tree Snail – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Hawaiian or Oahu Tree Snail:

This particular Hawaiian Tree Snail (Achatinella fulgens) is a critically endangered gastropod endemic to Hawaii. It is part of the family of Oahu tree snails which were devastated by the introduction of non-native snail and plant species to their fragile ecosystem. The snails are generally nocturnal, and can be found on native trees and large bushes, where they graze fungi from the surfaces of leaves and stems. Adults have both hermaphrodites male and female parts. When giving birth, the young are born live. Oahu tree snails are today restricted to mountainous forests above 1500 feet. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Hilton’s Aeolid – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Hilton's Aeolid:

The Hilton's Aeolid is a aeolid nudibranchis a species of sea slug. These animals are shell-less marine gastropod mollusks in the family Aeolidiidae. This sea slug has a small range of distribution, native to the kelp forests of central California coast to Baja California, Mexico. They are also found in the Gulf of Mexico. This nudibranch grows to about 2 inches long (50 mm). The reddish or brownish line across its head is almost always present, and is very characteristic of the species. This species can be confused with Hermissenda crassicornis, which is superficially similar in appearance. This aolid nudibranch species is considered to be rather aggressive, often biting and fighting with other nudibranchs, including members of its own species. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Hopkin’s Rose Nudibranch – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Hopkin's Rose Nudibranch:

The Hopkin's Rose is a species of sea slug. The tentacle like structures on its dorsal surface are fairly uncommon for a dorid nudibranch. Because of this and the pink coloration it is sometimes mistaken for a sea anemone. These nudibranchs ranges from Oregon to Baja California, and is especially common around Monterey, California. It feeds on another pink animal, the bryozoan (Eurystomella bilabiata) which are found under rocks in the low tide zone and below, from Southern California to Alaska. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Knobbed Whelk – Signed Fine Art Print

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Information about the Knobbed Whelk:

The Knobbed Whelk is a very large species of sea snail native to the coastal areas of North America from Cape Cod down to northern Florida. It is especially common on the coasts of Georgia. This mollusk lives subtidally, moving from shallow to deep water, depending on the time of year. It is a predatory sea snail, and hunts other gastropods for food. The shell is especially lovely and ranges from white and pale pink to darker shades of reds, yellows and purple. It is the official shell of both the states of New Jersey and Georgia. The poster is printed on matte, museum-quality paper with Giclée printing quality: • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²) • Opacity: 94% Buy a Digital Download

Opalescent Nudibranch or Sea Slug – Signed Fine Art Print

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Medium: Pen and ink line art illustration. Color image has been digitally tinted. Suggested usage: books, magazines, brochures and similar. Size: (B&W) 2400 x 1788 pixels @ 300dpi 2.01 mb JPEG File / (Color) 2400 x 1771 pixels @ 300dpi 4.01 mb JPEG Buy a Digital Download