Carol's Cornwall
A Photographic  Library dedicated to
the Wildlife and Landscape of Cornwall

On the Beach (Snails and Chitons)


Molluscs (Marine Snails)
A Collection of Shells from Carlyon Bay

Limpets
Chinaman's Hat (Calyptraea chinensis)

Blue-rayed Limpet (Helcion pellucidum var. laevis)     underside     various shells

Blue-rayed Limpet (Helcion p. var. pellucidum)     as strandline find

Black-footed Limpet (Patella depressa)     foot

China Limpet (Patella ulyssiponensis)     foot

Common Limpet (Patella vulgata)     foot

Keyhole Limpet (Diodora graeca)     underside     shell

Slipper Limpet (Crepidula fornicata)

White Tortoiseshell Limpet (Tectura virginea) - shell     inside     live on rock)

Top Shells
A Collection of common Top Shells

Flat Top Shell (Gibbula umbilicalis)

Giant Top Shell (Gibbula magnus) -1

Giant Top Shell (Gibbula magnus) -2     various shells

Grey Top Shell (Gibbula cineraria)

Painted Top Shell (Calliostoma zizyphinum)

Painted Top Shell - white form - (Calliostoma zizyphinum)     underside

Painted Top Shell - orange form - (Calliostoma zizyphinum)

Thick Top Shell (Osilinus lineatus)     underside     group

Wrinkles and Whelks
Common Periwinkle / Edible Winkle (Littorina littorea)     group

A Periwrinkle (Littorina nigrolineata)     mouth

Common Flat Periwinkle (Littorina obtusata)

Common Flat Periwinkle - banded (Littorina obtusata)     another banded

Common Flat Periwinkle - various colours (Littorina obtusata)

Rough Periwrinkle (Littorina saxatilis)

Small Periwinkle (Melarhaphe neritoides)     mouth close-up     habitat

Common Dog Whelk (Nucella lapillus)

Common Dog Whelk (Nucella lapillus) - banded

Common Dog Whelks (Nucella lapillus)     with eggs     eggs close-up

Common Dog Whelk (Nucella lapillus) - various colours

Netted Dog Whelk (Hinia reticulata)     eggs

Thick-lipped Dog Whelk (Hinia incrassata)

Oyster Drill / European Sting Winkle (Ocenebra erinacea)     eggs

Common Whelk (Buccinum undatum)     egg case

Needle Whelk (Bittium reticulatum)     close-up

Small Spire Shell (Rissoa parva)     mouth

Least Whelk (Chauvetia brunnea)     mouth

Cerithiopsis tubercularis - feeding     close-up

Raphitoma purpurea - live animal     mouth     dead shell     dead shell mouth

Other Snails
Tiny Lacuna (Lacuna parva)     below

Banded Chink Shell (Lacuna vincta)     mouth     egg mass

A Collection of Necklace Shells

Alder's Necklace Shell (Polinices polianus)     below

Necklace Shell (Euspira catena)

Pelican's Foot (Aporrhais pespelecani)

Pheasant Shell (Tricolia pullus)

Pointed Cingula (Onoba aculeus) ?     below

Spotted Cowrie (Trivia monacha)     mantle     live animals

Tower / Auger Shell (Turritella communis)     another shell

Tusk Shell (Antalis vulgaris)

Wentletrap (Epitonium clathratulum)

Wentletrap (Epitonium turtonis)     below

Snails to Identify
Whelk like snail - Spit Point 07.04.09

Molluscs (Chitons)

Bristly Chiton (Acanthochitona crinita)

Grey Chiton (Lepidochitona cinerea)

Coat of Mail Shell / Chiton -1

Coat of Mail Shell / Chiton -2


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