SM9637 : Common limpet (Patella vulgata)

taken 8 years ago, near to Fishguard/Abergwaun, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Common limpet (Patella vulgata)
Common limpet (Patella vulgata)
A very familiar gastropod on the seashore everywhere, the common limpet (there are 2 other British species) is crucially important in controlling the build-up of algae, which it grazes as it moves around the rocks. It returns to its own base, gradually forming a shallow depression or scar where its shell rubs on the rock surface.
The common limpet (brenig in Welsh) can live up to 15 years and grow to as much as 6cm in length in favourable sites - the penny in this image indicates that these are sizeable specimens.
They are edible and have often been used as poverty food by coastal people especially along the Celtic coastline. Cooked briefly like any shellfish, they provide a nutritious, if resilient, meat.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 23 July, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 4 January, 2010
Category
Sea life   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 961 377 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:0.0192N 4:58.2369W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 961 377
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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