Dorsal view of a pale specimen of Lepidochitona cinerea. Actual length 10mm. Collected North Devon just outside Ilfracombe.
<em>Lepidochitona cinerea</em> (Linnaeus, 1767)
Lepidochitona cinerea. vg: rounded valve granules. gg: rounded girdle granules. gf: girdle fringe of blunt fusiform spines. Menai Strait, midshore. February 2011
Lepidochitona cinerea. Blue and brown variety. Typical banded girdle. 16-19 gills either side of foot, almost holobranch (= extend whole length of foot). Menai Strait, midshore. February 2011
Abundant. Found from the Lofoten Islands in the north to the north coast of the Mediterranean.
Found through-out the littoral zone and into the shallow sublittoral. It is found on stony/rocky bottom, often on the underside of stones lightly embedded in sand and gravel in rock pools. It feeds by grazing material from the rock surface using its radula
- Ischnochiton albus is less colourful and has large oval granules on the girdle
- Girdle relatively coarsely ornamented with rounded granules
- Coarse ornamentation of the valves but not linear
- Girdle often displays a two-tone banding
Size: Up to about 28mm long. Shape: Relatively narrow girdle with the shell making up 75% of the width. Valves are relatively tall with a very distinct keel.