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Marine Life  Limpets

Limpets - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

Latin name: Patella vulgata

Size: Up to 5cms across the base of the shell

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Usually found clinging to rocks on the coastline.

Food: Feed on algae growing on rocks.

Special features: The cone shaped shell has vertical grooves running from top to base. Most limpets start out as as males, but them change to females later in life.

Limpet's foot - Click for a better viewIt can be pretty tough living on rocky shorelines, so to protect themselves against rough seas, limpets use a large, sucker-like foot to anchor themselves firmly to the rocks.

They also uses this foot to crawl around on.


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