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The Channeled Dogwhelk (Nassa fossatus) belongs to a genus of predatory sea snails in the rock snail family, Muricidae.
It is a very common West Coast marine snail, inhabiting both rocky and muddy areas along the intertidal zone, where it preys on mussels and barnacles by drilling holes in their shells, injecting an enzyme, and then siphoning up the liquid remains.
They need to be careful, because their home range also hosts their predators, crabs and starfish.
The picture also highlights the fact that it is a popular home for local hermit crabs.
© 2010 Patricia A. Michaels