Common Limpet

Common Limpet - Mel BroadhurstCommon Limpet - Mel Broadhurst

Latin name: Patella vulgata

Description: Limpets are molluscs which have conical, ridged shells with adults sized approximately 5 – 6 cm. The underside of a limpet has a smooth, strong muscular foot, which allows it to attach to the rocky surfaces. Limpets can be aged from the growth lines found on their shell. Limpets breed between October – December and change sex from male to female at around 4 years old.

Habitat: Limpets are found across intertidal rocky shorelines. They are herbivores, feeding on a variety of macroalgae and are ecologically important within the marine environment.

Status: Common in the Channel Islands and Europe.