Limpet

  • 11 species in North America
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order: Pulmonata
Family: Ancylidae

Identification Tips:

• Shell shaped like a long flattened cone

Life History:

• Typically found clinging to rocks or other hard surfaces in flowing water
• Feed by scraping algae and periphyton
• No lungs or gills; absorbs oxygen through the skin and from a projection on the foot

POLLUTION TOLERANCE
Very Sensitive Somewhat Sensitive Facultative Somewhat Tolerant Very Tolerant
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Primary Information Source:
Voshell, J. Reese. 2002. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America. McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company. Blacksburg, Virginia.