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
Nucella lapillus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Common dog whelk or Purple (Marine snails)
Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shell on rock 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shell on rock 2

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shell side view 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shell underside / mouth 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal / yellow 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal / white 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal / white 2

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal / banded 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal / juvenile 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- banded shell 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- collection of live animals 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- collection of live animals 2

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shell / yellow banded 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shell / juvenile 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- shells / juvenile from egg 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- eggs close-up 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- eggs close-up 2

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- egg laying 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- live animal mouth 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- with scale / rule 1

Common dog whelk or Purple
Nucella lapillus
- with scale / rule 2

An extremely common carnivorous animal which feeds on other molluscs by boring a small hole through their shell. White, yellow and grey coloured forms are common, but this species comes in a wide range of bright and banded colours. Found living in crevices and on rocks on the north and south coasts of the Westcountry. Harlyn Bay and Polzeath are particularly good beaches to search and where many of the images featured on this page were taken.

Juvenile shell here was found at Gwithian Beach, Gwithian, near Hayle, Cornwall, 01.07.12; in shellsand. Dissection of Common Dog Whelk eggs from the shore at Penzance, proved the identity of the shell.

European and Scientific Names: Nucella lapillus, Common dog whelk, Purple, Purpurschnecke, Purperslak, Pourpre, Caracol purpura.

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.

Nucella lapillus Common Dog Whelk or Purple 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.