Our group conducted an exploratory project. Through examination and extensive research, we determined that the mysterious snail eggs were most likely Nassarius Vibex snail eggs. Nassarius Vibex is a particular genus and species. There is still a probability that the species may not be Vibex, but we are fairly certain of the genus. However, we had to do some research and study the eggs.
We first had to determine which animal's eggs we were looking at. Since there were snails and shrimp in the tank, we assumed that the eggs belonged to one of the two. We then took the eggs and out them under a microscope. We realized that the small white spots on the side of the tank were actually egg sacs, which held many smaller eggs inside. The egg sacs had an octagonal shape and were somewhat transparent, not completely white as we had originally thought. We then researched some of the specific characteristics of the egg sac, such as its shape and sort of gelatinous material. By researching the egg sacs we were able to determine that the egg sacs belonged to snails. Our next step was to figure out what kinds of snails the eggs belonged to, and if whether or not the snails already lived in the tank or if the eggs had accidentally been brought with some other organisms from the beach. We looked at the features of the snails in the tank. We looked at antennae, trunk, shell color, shape and patterns. The shell was the main part we used to identify the snails. After researching the different characteristics of the different snails, we determined that the snails we were dealing with were Nassarius snails. This was the genus of the snail, and we were not sure of the species, due to the fact that there are hundreds of different species.
Nassarius Vibex is more commonly known as the Bruised...