The shelled heteropods, or atlantids are a family of planktonic swimming snails that spend their entire lives in the upper ocean. This fascinating group are well adapted for their planktonic life style with beautiful, delicate shells that are keeled like a ship for stability, swimming fins and complex eyes to detect prey. Our research aims to encourage the identification and documentation of shelled heteropods through open access information and images.

This research was carried out at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the University of Plymouth with funding from the Leverhulme Trust and the NBC Martin-Fellowship. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 746186.

© 2017 Deborah Wall-Palmer

Atlanta californiensis

West coast US