Re: Sausage jellies (was: Bird beginning with X)

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Subject: Re: Sausage jellies (was: Bird beginning with X)
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2007 18:52:33 +1100
brian fleming wrote:
When I was about ten, it was a huge eye-opener when I asked a kind
> marine biologist what animal produced the 'sausage-blubber' egg-masses
> I found at the beach - and he said "Nobody knows - we haven't seen
> anything lay them, and we haven't been able to rear them in the lab."
> So there was something I might find out all on my own!  (About 10 years
> later two amateur malacologists found that the parents were Sandsnails
> - they put one in a tank, and next day it had produced the curved
> gelatinous egg-mass)).

Thanks for that info - I remember "sausage jellies" well growing up on
Port Phillip Bay, but never knew what made them.  The pages below list
two species as making the jellies as the Conical Sand Snail (Polinices
conicus) and the Sordid Sand Snail (Polinices sordidus).  What a great
name!  :)  (This appears to refer to its "dirty" colour, not its habits.)


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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