Common pelican's foot (Aporrhais pespelecani)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from various locations around the British Isles.
Global distributionRecorded from northern Norway and Iceland to the Mediterranean.
HabitatSublittoral only, common on mud and muddy sand to offshore depths of 180 m.
- The thick margin around the shell fans out into five bluntly rounded points, resembling the webbed foot of a bird.
- Tall spire with up to 10 whorls which posses thick knobs and finer spiral ridges.
- Shell glossy and cream or sandy in colour, often with a purplish stain on the back of the last whorl.
- The outer lip and the edge of the shell opening are darker in colour.
- Inside surfaces are pearly white.
- Up to 45 mm tall and 30 mm wide.
Additional informationThe sipunculid Phascolion strombi sometimes inhabits empty shells of Aporrhais (Fish & Fish, 1996).
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Last Updated: 17/04/2008