Margarita Snail (Margarites pupillus)

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Margarita Snail

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Margarita Snail

Margarites pupillus

57 Litres (15 US G.)


8.2 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Other (See article)

5-6 years

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Margarita Snail, Stomatella Limpet Snail, Pearl Snail, Little Margarite, Pearly Topped Snail

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These snails are difficult to sex and are not known to breed in captivity. These are not hermaphroditic snails.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An entirely reef-safe snail, will graze on most algaes. Do not keep with aggressive fish or other invertebrates that may attack or kill it to include Hermit Crabs.

Diet[edit | edit source]

An excellent algae eater, when necessary you can supplement with dried seaweed. They can starve if not enough algae is present in the tank.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Supplement when necessary.

Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers cooler temperatures but can tolerate up to 25.6°C (78°F) . Keep with peaceful fish and a tank with plenty of algae growth to graze on. For this reason they do best in mature tanks with well established live rock.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A very peaceful snail which will concentrate its attentions on algae and not harm corals or other reef-dwellers. Benefits from calcium additives and is sensitive to water chemistry.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Has a smooth turban-like shell with slight iridescence. The shell can vary from silver-grey to brown in colour.

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