Large Necklace Shell

(Euspira catena)

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Large Necklace Shell

This is a predatory sea snail which feeds on other molluscs by boring small holes in the shells and sucking out the contents. The shell is a pale brownish, glossy shell with one row of reddish-brown markings on lower whorls. Large aperture, smaller hole next to it. Grows up to 1½ inches high. Lays its eggs in curls of jelly mixed with sand. These, and the shells can often be seen on sandy beaches.

Found at Pembrey Beach, Carmarthenshire