Sowerby's Keyhole Limpet

(G. B. Sowerby I, 1835)

Lucapina sowerbii

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Lepetellida

Fissurellidae

Fissurellidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 200176

Shell Information

Length (mm): 19-30

Dextral

Chirality:

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.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

East Florida to Brazil

0 to 225 meters

Diet:

Herbivore; They graze on algae.

Habitat:

Marine; Hard substrate

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Lucapina sowerbii (G. B. Sowerby I, 1835). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419366 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.