Malacology is the study of mollusks. This includes animals like octopus, snails, slugs, and clams. It is the second largest phylum of animals, making them one of the most successful groups on the planet. There are over 80,000 described species of mollusks with many more left to be discovered. Mullusca is composed of 8 recognized classes including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Scaphapoda, Monoplacophorans, the Aplacophorans, Caudofoveata and Solenogastres, and Bivalvia.
Cancellate Fleshy Limpet
Length (mm): 24-36
This is a slightly conical shell that is relatively flat. It has a oval opening near the apex of the shell which is slightly forward and central. The shell has alternating large and small beaded radial ridges This shell can be white to brown in color with a white interior.
North Carolina to Brazil
0 to 24 meters
Herbivore; They graze on algae.
Marine; Hard substrate
This is also sometimes called the Cancellated Keyhole Limpet.
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