Fossil Friday 9/11/15: A dove snail


UF 221284, the snail of the dove snail Strombina lessepsiana. Photo © IVP FLMNH.

On this Fossil Friday, I am presenting a dove snail called Strombina lessepsiana, which is a member of the marine snail family Columbellidae. This specimen was collected in the lower Gatún Formation and is late Miocene in age. This little snail was found on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Panama and Colombia during the late Miocene. It was an omnivore and would eat macroalgae and live or dead animal material.

To learn more about this dove snail, read the Fossils of Panama entry on it here.


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