Painted Topshell

Painted Topshell - Mel BroadhurstPainted Topshell - Mel Broadhurst

Latin name: Calliostoma zizyphinum

Description: The painted topshell is a small mollusc with a flat base and a pointed shell that grows up to 30 mm in height. The shell is a light brown colour with irregular purple and white spots. This species lays eggs in gelatinous ribbons, which hatch out as crawling juveniles.

Habitat: This species is found in the lower regions of intertidal rocky shorelines and subtidal environments. They are herbivores feeding on a range of macroalgae.

Status: Common in the Channel Islands and Europe.