File Fleshy Limpet

(Reeve, 1850)

Lucapinella limatula

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Lepetellida

Fissurellidae

Fissurellidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 12-18

Dextral

Chirality:

This shell is shaped like a flat elongated oval. It has a large opening in the center of the shell where the apex would be. It has alternating large and small radial ribs that form small nodes where they overlap concentric folds. It has a white color with brownish radial bands and a white interior.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

North Carolina to Brazil

0 to 146 meters

Diet:

Herbivore; They graze on algae.

Habitat:

Marine; Hard substrates

Misc. Facts

This is also sometimes called the File Keyhole Limpet.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Lucapinella limatula (Reeve, 1850). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419368 on 2021-06-23

Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. Garc�a. 29. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579�699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico�Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.

Andrews, J. (1971). Seashells of the Texas Coast. University of Texas Press.