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Wales Beach Guide

China Limpet (Patella aspera)

Helical Shells
Large Necklace ShellCommon Whelk
Red WhelkCommon Spindle Shell
Common WinkleFlat Periwinkle
Dog WhelkNetted Dog Whelk
Sting WinkleGrey Top Shell
Painted Top ShellPurple Top Shell
Thick Top ShellTower Shell
Needle ShellCommon Wendletrap
Acteon ShellPelican's Foot Shell
Bivalves
CockleDog Cockle
Prickly CockleNorwegian Cockle
Pullet Carpet ShellCross-cut Carpet Shell
Banded Carpet ShellSmooth Clam
Iceland CyprinaCommon Mussel
Otter ShellSand Gaper
Blunt GaperAmerican Piddock
Blunt TellinRayed Artemis
Smooth ArtemisWarty Venus
Peppery Furrow ShellEdible Oyster
Portuguese OysterKing Scallop
Variegated ScallopHunchback Scallop
Striped VenusThick Trough Shell
Cut Trough ShellRayed Trough Shell
Banded Wedge ShellFaroe Sunset Shell
Thin TellinBaltic Tellin
Bean TellinPod Razor
Bean RazorCurved Razor
Everything Else
Bonnet ShellCommon Limpet
Black Footed Limpet
China Limpet
Slipper LimpetCommon Tusk Shell
Cowrie ShellEuropean Cowrie
China Limpet

The China Limpet is flatter than the Common or Black-footed Limpets, roughly egg shaped with the apex set further back. The head-scar is pale white to orange, and the shell has radiating ribs from the apex to the edges, giving a wavy-edged margin. The ribs have a distinctive pattern of one large rib, followed by two or three smaller ones.


Found at : Tenby South Beach