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paper is photographic metallic lustre paper printed at a high end photo lab. Will take around 7 days for the photographic lab to print as they only run metallic paper once per week. So please allow for that timeframe when ordering as photos are printed to order to ensure they are in perfect condition.

Amazing colours and will certainly make an impact

is a macro shot of some purple Janthina shells - yes they really are this colour

Distribution - Species in this genus occur worldwide in tropical, subtropical and warm seas.

Description - These snails are pelagic and live at the surface of the ocean. Adult snails may not be capable of swimming, and die when they are detached from their rafts; Janthina janthina larvae, however, actively swim in the water column.[2]

The adult snails prey upon (and live near to) one of several species of pelagic animals loosely known as jellyfish. More specifically they eat the medusae of free-swimming Cnidaria, in particular the genus known as "by-the-wind sailors", Velella.

The snails are able to float securely because they create a raft of clear chitin around air bubbles formed near the ocean surface. They anchor to this raft using their foot.[2] The snails do not have an operculum.

These snails are frequently washed ashore during storms.[3]

The common names for this genus derive from the light purple or violet color of the shells and the violet-colored bodies. The other genus in the family, Recluzia, has olive-tan colored shells.


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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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