Large black slug-like animal with a white trough-shaped shell located under folds of skin on its upper surface. Because of its distinctive appearance and the large numbers found under rocks near low-water mark, the elephant snail is one of the better-known gastropods. At night it moves out from under rocks to forage on drift algae.
Max Size: 10 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 10.5-23.1°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (17% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney