North Island Explorer: Guide to North Vancouver Island



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Wrinkled Dogwinkle

Photo 1: A Colourful Wrinkled Dogwinkle (Photo taken at Open Bay, Quadra Island.)


Wrinkled Dogwinkle: Nucella lamellosa

Common Names: Frilled Dogwinkle, Dog whelk, Oyster Drill.

This gastropod has a highly variable shape and colour.It is a carnivore, feeding on barnacles and mussels by digging a hole through the shell and eating the soft flesh inside. These snails gather in breeding congregations in the spring and then attach masses of eggs called 'sea oats' to rocks (photo).






Marine Life Guide to North Vancouver Island