APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Patella pellucida (Linnaeus, 1758) var. pellucidum - Blue-rayed limpet
Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- feeding on the algae Furbelows, Saccorhiza polyschides 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- feeding on the algae Furbelows, Saccorhiza polyschides 2

Specimens above were found feeding on Furbelows below the low tide mark at Skilly, near Newlyn, Cornwall, 08.09.18.

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 13.01.09 -1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 2

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 3

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 4

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 5

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 6

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 7

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animal 8

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- 1.2mm long juvenile 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animals 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- live animals 2

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- live animals 3

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- feeding on Saw wrack 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida

- shell 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- faecal rod 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- faecal rod 2

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- with faeces in petri dish 1

Blue-rayed limpet
Patella pellucida
- in petri dish 1

Images here are of those once regarded as Helcion pellucidum var. pellucidum.

A small species of limpet usually less than half inch in length but can grow to an inch. Live animals can be commonly seen on the lower shore feeding on kelp, it's beautiful blue markings are most striking. The shells are quite brittle and break easily and are found along the high tide mark. This species is common on both north and south coasts.

Images taken on both north and south coasts of the Westcountry; a common find at the extreme low water mark.

Scientific and European Names:
Patella pellucida, Ansates pellucida, Helcion pellucidum, Blue-rayed limpet, Blauwgestreepte schaalhoren, Gladde schaalhoren, Helcion transparent, Patine.

 

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Helping to understand, identify, record, and conserve molluscs.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Patella pellucida Ansates pellucida Blue rayed Limpet Marine Snail Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.