BIOTIC Species Information for Patella ulyssiponensis
Researched byKen Neal & Marie Skewes Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandThe china limpet is found around most of the coast of the British Isles, reaching its northern limit in the Shetland Isles. Absent or rare on south-east shores of England from the Humber Estuary to the Isle of Wight.
Global distributionPatella ulyssiponensis is a southern (Lusitanian) species extending south to the Mediterranean.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeIntertidal
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationIn wave exposed situations, Patella ulyssiponensis is the commonest limpet on the lower shore.

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Biological zoneSublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Wave exposureExtremely Exposed
Very Exposed
Tidal stream strength/Water flowVery Strong (>6 kn)
Strong (3-6 kn)
SalinityVariable (18-40 psu)
Full (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Fish & Fish, 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Fretter & Graham, 1994, Hayward et al., 1996, Graham, 1988,
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