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Smooth Limpet

Scientific Name: Cellana tramoserica

Description: The Smooth Limpet is a large orange-brown limpet with radiating dark stripes, and tolerate waves as well as exposure, so are found right across the intertidal area.

The conical water shedding shells of limpets help withstand drying in the intertidal zone and a strong muscular foot allows them to cling to the surface of the reef in areas washed by waves.

Limpets are grazers and use a rasp-like tongue, called a radula, to actively scrape off micro-algae which grows as a thin cover over the rock surfaces.

Type: Gastropod (Grazers)
Where to find: Intertidal Reefs
Size: 50mm