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.
Sowerby's Keyhole Limpet
(G. B. Sowerby I, 1835)
Length (mm): 19-30
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 radial ridges that form small beads where they are crossed by finer concentric lines. This shell is brown to white with a white interior.
East Florida to Brazil
0 to 225 meters
Herbivore; They graze on algae.
Marine; Hard substrate
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