Image Erling Svensen - The pearl top shell Margarites helicinus. Image width ca 25 mm.
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Margarites helicinus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Gastropoda||Snails, slugs & sea butterflies|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||A northern species recorded from the Shetlands to as far south as Yorkshire and Dublin.|
|Habitat information||From the lower shore to the sublittoral under stones, in pools and on Fucus, Laminaria and smaller algae.|
|Description||A thin globular shell, up to 9 mm high, with 4 or 5 whorls that are separated by distinct sutures to give a stepped profile. Translucent, light brown, orange or reddish in colour, with green or purple tints. Aperture large and rounded. Lateral lobes of the foot have 6 (sometimes 5) pairs of tentacles.|
|Additional information||No text entered|
This review can be cited as follows:
Marie Skewes 2003. Margarites helicinus. Pearly top shell. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 19/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3768>