Knobbed Keyhole Limpet

(Born, 1778)

Fissurella nodosa

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Lepetellida

Fissurellidae

Fissurellidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 225639

Shell Information

Length (mm): 24-40

Dextral

Chirality:

This is an oval shaped shell (except for nodule protrusions at base) that is highly elevated. It has an elongated slit near the apex of the shell that is slightly forward and central. It has radial ribs with characteristic nodules that increase in size further from the apex. The color can vary from white to gray-brown to pinkish and it has a white interior.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Florida Keys to Trinidad

0 to 1 meters

Diet:

Herbivore; They graze on algae.

Habitat:

Marine; Rocky intertidal zone

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Fissurella nodosa (Born, 1778). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419357 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.