Margarita Snail - Margarites pupillus Taxonomy:
Margarita Snail belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda, Family Trochacea, Genus Margarites and Species pupillus. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Margarita Snail is Margarites pupillus. Other common names:
Margarita Snail is also known as Pearl Snail, Stomatella Limpet Snail, Little Margarita and Pearly Topped Snail. Origin or natural range:
Margarites pupillus originates from the temperate marine waters of Eastern Pacific region, the Caribbean Sea including Alaska and Baja California. Size:
Margarita Snail grows up to a size of around one inch to two inches. Color:
Margarites pupillus occurs in grey and brown colors. Aggression:
Margarita Snail is non-aggressive towards the marine aquarium members. Compatibility:
Margarites pupillus is reef compatible. Venom status:
Margarita Snail is non-poisonous in nature. Habit & Habitat:
- Margarites pupillus occurs deep in the temperate marine water bodies where the temperature is as low as thirty-nine degrees Centigrade.
- In its natural habitat, Margarita Snail is found on rocks or on sand.
- Margarites pupillus is Nocturnal in habit and hides during the day time, while it is active at night.
Margarita Snail is very hardy. Life expectancy:
Margarites pupillus has a short life. Morphology:
- The body of Margarita Snail is shaped like a turban.
- The mantle of Margarites pupillus is fleshy and secretes the shell.
- The shell of Margarita Snail is smooth.
Margarites pupillus reproduces sexually in which the male and female gametes are released in the water and fertilization occurs therein only. Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium: Aquarium habit & habitat:
- Tank type: To host Margarita Snail, you should have an established reef type marine aquarium.
- Aquarium set-up:
- Keep ample rocks, rock caves, sand, corals and Live Rocks in your marine aquarium for Margarites pupillus to hide in and search its food on.
- Keep Margarita Snail with cold water marine invertebrates such as, Sand Dollars, Catalina Gobies and Red Foot Snails to name some.
- The water and snail ratio should be one Margarites pupillus per two gallons of aquarium water.
- Temperature of water: Fifty to sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit or ten to twenty degrees Centigrade.
- Specific gravity of water: 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH of water: 8.00 to 8.40.
- Illumination: Margarita Snail requires lighting in the marine aquarium it inhabits.
- Acclimation: Slowly acclimate Margarites pupillus to your marine aquariumÍs environment using Slow Drip Acclimation Method. The slow acclimation process generally takes a minimum time period of two hours. Feeding & Nutrition:
- Diet: Margarita Snail is herbivorous in feeding habit.
- Food content: Margarites pupillus eats phytoplankton, especially Hair Algae or Filamentous Algae, Cyanobacteria and diatoms.
- Add Calcium as dietary supplement for the shell growth of Margarita Snail. Maintain the Calcium level between three hundred and fifty ppm and four hundred and fifty ppm.
- You may supplement the food of Margarites pupillus with dried seaweeds as well.
- Breeding: Margarita Snail does not generally breed in a marine aquarium.
- Benefits: Margarites pupillus is an algae eater and therefore, keeps your reef tank free of algae.
- Margarites pupillus is easy to maintain.
- An increase in the temperature of the aquarium water may reduce the life of Margarita Snail therein.
- Fluctuations in pH and temperature may give pH shock and temperature shock, respectively, to Margarites pupillus in your reef tank.
- Nitrates and Copper in any form in your marine aquarium may prove lethal for Margarita Snail therein.
- AquaristÍs level:
Even beginner aquarists can venture for Margarites pupillus.