The coffee bean snail, or Melampus coffeus, is a very small gastropod with coffee-like coloring. These small snails reach just about three quarters associated with an inch long and half inch high. The shells are large and cogner into a narrow point about the base. They are generally brown, bronze, gray, or yellow-brown. Additionally, there are two little bands that typically run around the covering that are softly colored.
These snails are usually found in the sketchy, dense habitats in the low water, as well as above the wave line. They will mostly prefer muddy areas near mangrove leaves or perhaps under little rocks. Due to this they get pleasure from living about cord lawn that increases in the large marshes over the coast. These kinds of snails are occasionally found in the Southern half of Florida or perhaps in Brazil, but can be found in the coastal salt marsh areas of Shawl Cod.
A similar snail varieties to the coffee bean snail is the Melampus bidentatus snail. It is extremely similar in proportion and color but , in the event examined carefully, displays spiral lines which might be smoother and rougher than the straight lines found on the beans snails. These snails have many predators. Instances of these are ground beetles, dogs, toads, frogs and wild birds. Like various snails the coffee bean snail is a hermaphrodite (has the two male and female reproductive organs) that allows each snail to lay egg clusters following mating. Snail that are mating are found in pairs with the soles with their feet pushed together. Every single snail can be inseminated (to introduce sperm into the penile tract of the female) simply by its spouse.
They appreciate eating cable grass, and, when they can find it, useless or declining washed up eelgrass. They also enjoy vegetation such as useless marshgrass which was slightly decayed.
The Coffee Bean Snail is a very interesting gastropod in whose
characteristics are unmistakable. I am hoping they by no means go wiped out. Who would consume the grass?
Hewell & Tenir, 2000, pp
Text and photos В© copyright Annette K Goodman, 1998/99/00/01/02/03/04.