Species of the Month June 2006
Common name: Flat top shell
Latin name: Gibbula umbilicalis.
A type of sea snail (Mollusca)
- Small topshell 1.6 cm high 2.2 cm across.
- Large round hole on the underside of the shell (umbilicus).
- Dull greenish grey in colour with reddish-purple broad diagonal stripes.
Where to look:
Found on open rock or in pools.
Effects of warming sea:
Typically southern warm water species extending the range northwards