BIOTIC Species Information for Aporrhais pespelecani
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Scientific nameAporrhais pespelecani Common namePelicans foot
MCS CodeW430 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumMollusca Subphylum
Superclass ClassGastropoda
SubclassProsobranchia OrderMesogastropoda
SuborderStrombacea FamilyAporrhaiidae
GenusAporrhais Speciespespelecani

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Howson & Picton, 1997, Graham, 1988, Fish & Fish, 1996,
General Biology
Growth formTurbinate
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesFeeds on fragments of detritus and algae in mud and muddy sand. HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityRobust SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Graham, 1988, Fish & Fish, 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1990,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandRecorded from various locations around the British Isles.
Global distributionRecorded from northern Norway and Iceland to the Mediterranean.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range0 - 180 m
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesMuddy gravel
Coarse clean sand
Muddy sand
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Graham, 1988, Fish & Fish, 1996, JNCC, 1999, Picton & Costello, 1998, NBN, 2002, Hayward & Ryland, 1990,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonSpring-Autumn Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequencyAnnual episodic Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationLengthy pelagic life - free-swimming veliger larvae. Breed in spring. In the Øresund the larvae are found mainly between late March to early September (Thorson, 1946).
Reproduction References Thorson, 1946,
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