Arctic cowrie (Trivia arctica)
|Researched by||Catherine MacDougall||Refereed by||Admin|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandThe arctic cowrie is found mainly on the north and west coasts of Britain and around Ireland. It is most common where its ascidian prey occurs.
HabitatFound mainly in the sublittoral, on rocky coastlines and occasionally on the lower shore.
- Egg shaped shell with flattened apertural surface.
- Shell length around 10 mm, width around 8 mm.
- Long narrow aperture present.
- Upper surface of shell is reddish-brown while the underside is white.
- Thickened ridges running around the width of the shell.
- There are no markings on the shell.
- The animal itself is pale in colour.
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Last Updated: 17/04/2008