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Chitons
Chiton tuberculatus Distribution

Common chiton
Gemeine Käferschnecke
Antilliaanse keverlak
Chiton des Antilles
Quitón antillano
The tropical Atlantic
Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Chiton olivaceus Distribution

    Green chiton
    Grüne Käferschnecke
    Groene keverslak
    Chiton vert
    Chiton verde
    Chitone verde
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Haliotis tuberculata lamellosa Distribution

    Abalone
    Seeohr
    Zeeoren
    Ormeau
    Oreja de mar
    Orecchia di mare
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 15 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Haliotis tuberculata tuberculata Distribution

    Abalone
    Seeohr
    Zeeoren
    Ormeau
    Oreja de mar
    Orecchia di mare
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 15 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 11 cm
  • Maximum age known : 15 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Lepidochitona cineraria Distribution

    Grey chiton
    Graue Käferschnecke
    Asgrauwe keverslak
    Chiton cendré
    Chiton gris
    Chitone grigio
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 5 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Patella vulgata Distribution

    Limpet
    Gemeine Napfschnecke
    Gewone schaalhoren
    Patelle commune
    Lapa
    Patella
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 0 and 1 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • Maximum age known : 20 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Patella ferruginea Distribution

    Ribbed mediterranean limpet
    Riesen Napfschnecke
    Grande patelle
    Lapa ferrugínea
    Patella ferrosa
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 11 cm
  • Maximum age known : 35 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species is classified asEndangered

  • Snails
    Astraea tecta Distribution

    Turbo snail;Star snail
    Astrea Schnecke
    Turboslak
    Astrée imbriquée
    Quigua
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 1 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 6 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Bolinus brandaris Distribution

    Purple dye murex
    Herkuleskeule
    Stekelpurperslak
    Rocher épineux
    Cañadilla
    Murice spinoso
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 10 and 40 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Gastropods
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Buccinum undatum Distribution

    Buckie
    Wellhornschnecke
    Wulk
    Bulot ; Buccin
    Bocina
    Buccina
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 200 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Carrion
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Calliostoma zizyphinum Distribution

    Painted topshell
    Spitzkreiselschnecken
    Priktolhoren
    Troque-jujube
    Trompo
    Trottola zizifina
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 0 and 300 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cerithium litteratum Distribution

    Stocky cerith;Baja Snail
    Nadelschnecke
    Stocky cerith
    Cérithe variable
    Caracol roca
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 30 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Charonia variegata Distribution

    Atlantic Triton's Trumpet
    Karibisches Tritonshorn
    Atlantische tritonshoren
    Conque;Triton de l'Atlantique
    Tritón Atlántico
    The tropical Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 7 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 45 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Sea stars
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Charonia tritonis Distribution

    Triton trumpet
    Tritonshorn
    Triton géant
    Trompeta tritón
    Tritone
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 2 and 40 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 50 cm
  • The animal is a hunter high in the food chain.
  • Diet : Echinoderms
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Cittarium pica Distribution

    West indian topshell, Whelk
    Kreiselschnecke
    Kiwa
    Burgo;Troque
    Burgao;Cigua;Quigua
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 14 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • conus geographus Distribution

    Geography cone
    Cônr géographe
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Fishes
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cymatium aquatile Distribution

    Cosmopolitan hairy triton;Aquatile hairy triton, oyster drill
    Tritonschnecke
    Triton
    Triton à bouche rouge
    Tritón
    The tropical Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species can be found between 0 and 18 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Cyphoma signatum Distribution

    Fingerprint cyphoma
    Fingerabdruck Cyphoma
    Vingerafdruk cyphoma
    Monnaie caraïbe sinuée
    Cyphoma huella dactilar
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 2 and 15 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • Diet : Rods
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Cyphoma gibbosum Distribution

    Flamingo tongue
    Flamingozunge
    Flamingotong
    Monnaie caraïbe à ocelles
    Caracol de cinturita
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 2 and 15 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • Diet : Rods
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Cypraea cinerea Distribution

    Atlantic gray cowrie
    Atlantische Porzellanschnecke
    Atlantische grijze kauri
    Porcelaine grise de l'atlantique
    Maco
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cypraea cervus Distribution

    Atlantic deer cowrie
    Atlantische Hirsch Porzellanschnecke
    Atlantische hert kauri
    Porcelaine cerf
    Porcelanita ciervo
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 2 and 10 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Cypraea spurca acicularis Distribution

    Atlantic yellow cowry
    Atlantische Gelb Porzellanschnecke
    Atlantische geel Kauri
    Porcelaine jaune de l'atlantique
    Porcelanita amarillo atlántico
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 15 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cypraea pantherina Distribution

    Panther cowrie
    Panther - Porzellanschnecke
    Porcelaine panthère
    Luria lurida
    Ciprea panterina
    The Red Sea
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 15 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Euspira catena Distribution

    Necklace shell
    Halsbandnabelschnecke
    Gewone tepelhoorn
    Natice porte-chaîne
    Caracol de luna
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 125 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Gastropods
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Fasciolaria tulipa Distribution

    True tulip
    Echte Tulpenschnecke
    Ware tulp
    Tulipe fasciolaire
    Tulipán
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Gibbula divaricata Distribution

    Divaricate gibbula
    Gespreizte Buckelschnecke
    Troque divergent
    Peonza fina
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Gibbula umbilicalis Distribution

    Flat top-shell
    Genabelte Buckelschnecke
    Tolhoren
    Gibbule
    Peonza plana
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Refuse - Algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Harpa amouretta Distribution

    Love harp;Lesser harp
    Petite harpe
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 200 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Crabs
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Hexaplex trunculus Distribution

    Banded dye-murex
    Purpurschnecke
    Rocher fascié
    Búsano
    Murice troncato
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 0 and 50 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Carrion
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Hyalina albolineata Distribution

    Peppermint snail;White line marginella
    Minzenschnecke
    Pepermuntslak
    Marginelle à lignes blanches
    Caracol de menta
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 1 cm
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Lambis truncata Distribution

    Giant spider conch
    Spinnenschnecke
    Afgeknotte spinslak
    Lambis-araignée
    Concha de la arana
    Ragno gigante
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Hides in the sand.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Lithopoma tectum Distribution

    West indian starsnail
    Astrée imbriquée
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 8 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Littorina littorea Distribution

    Common winkle
    Gemeine Strandschnecke
    Gewone alikruik
    Bigorneau
    Bigaro
    Littorina comune
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 60 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • Maximum age known : 20 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Luria lurida Distribution

    Brown cowry
    Braune Kauri
    Porcelaine livide
    Porcelana
    Porcellana
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 45 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 6 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Nerita peloronta Distribution

    Bleeding tooth nerite
    Blutender Zahn Napfschnecke
    Bloedende tand nerite
    Nérite dent saignante
    Nerita dientes sangrantes
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Nerita albicilla Distribution

    Ox-palate nerite
    Napfschnecke;Weissgefleckte Schwimmschnecke
    Smaak van os nerite
    Nérite en palais de boeuf
    Nerita en paladar de buey
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The animal hunts at night
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • Maximum age known : 3 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Nucella lapillus Distribution

    Dog-whelk
    Purpurschnecke
    Purperslak
    Pourpre
    Caracol púrpura
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • Maximum age known : 6 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is classified asVulnerable
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Oliva sayana Distribution

    Lettered olive
    Gebildete Olive
    Geletterde olijf
    Olive lettrée
    Oliva escribana
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 9 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 6 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Olivella minuta Distribution

    Minute dwarf olive snail;Tiny dwarf olive snail
    Kleine (Oliven)schnecke
    Olivelle minuscule
    Oliva
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 1 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Oxymeris crenulata Distribution

    Crenulate auger
    Perl - Schraubenschnecke
    Térèbre crénelée
    Terebra crenulata
    Terebra crenulata
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Invertebrates - Sea worms
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Phalium granulatum Distribution

    Scotch bonnet
    Helm-Schnecke Mittelmeer
    Casque granuleux
    Casco acanalado
    Casside
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 1 and 90 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sea urchins
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Pleuroploca gigantea Distribution

    FLorida horse conch
    Florida Conch
    Florida vleugelslak
    Conque de floride
    Chacpel;Caracola gigante sagrada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 30 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 60 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Strombus gigas Distribution

    Queen conch
    Königs-Conch
    Grote kroonslak, Karko
    Lambi
    Caracol rosado; Coborosado;Caracol reina
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 35 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Diet : Algae
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Strombus costatus Distribution

    Milk conch;Harbour conch
    Milchflügelschnecke
    Melkvleugelslak
    Strombe laiteux
    Caracol blanco;Caracol leche, Cobo lechoso
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 12 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Strombus raninus Distribution

    Hawkwing conch
    Falkenflügel Flügelschnecke
    Vleugel van valk vleugelslak
    Strombe aile de faucon
    Strombo ala de halcón
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Diet : Algae
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Tectarius muricatus Distribution

    Beaded periwinkle
    Granulierte Sandschnecke
    Littorine granuleuse
    Litorina granulada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • Generally, the species is found in mangrove, sometimes attached to roots
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Trivia monacha Distribution

    Spotted cowrie
    Europaïsche Kaurischnecke
    Ongevlekt koffieboontje
    Grain de café à trois points
    Porcelanita
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 1 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Tunicates
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Turritella communis Distribution

    Auger shell
    Gemeine Turmschnecke
    Turritelle
    Torrecilla
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 200 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Bivalvia
    Aequipecten opercularis Distribution

    Queen Scallop
    Kleine Pilgermuschel
    Wijde mantel
    Pétoncle blanc
    Volandeira
    Canestrello
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 200 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Anadara notabilis Distribution

    Eared ark
    Schöne Archenmuschel
    Arkschelp
    Arche auriculée, arche remarquable
    Arca bonita, arca auriculada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.

  • Anomalocardia brasiliana Distribution

    Caribbean pointed venus
    Karibische spitze Venus
    Caribisch gebied richtte venus
    Chaubette;Telline
    Caribe señaló venus
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • Generally, the species is found in mangrove, sometimes attached to roots
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Argopecten gibbus Distribution

    Calico scallop
    Calico-Pilgermuschel
    Noordelijke kamschelp
    Pétoncle;Peigne calicot
    Peine percal
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 10 and 400 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • Maximum age known : 2 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Argopecten irradians Distribution

    Florida scallop
    Florida-Pilgermuschel
    Florida-mantelschelp
    Pétoncle de Floride
    Vieira de Florida
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 15 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • Maximum age known : 2 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Atrina fragilis Distribution

    Fan mussel
    Steckmuscheln
    Steekmossels
    Jambonneau fragile
    Nacra
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 1 and 600 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 48 cm
  • Maximum age known : 12 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species is classified asVulnerable
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Callista chione Distribution

    Smooth clam
    Glatte venusmuschel
    Grote strandschelp
    Vernis
    Almejón de sangre
    Fasolara
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 1 and 200 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cerastoderma edule Distribution

    Common cockle
    Herzmuschel
    Kokkel
    Coque
    Berberecho
    Cuore edule
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • Maximum age known : 4 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Chione cancellata Distribution

    Cross-barred venus
    Praire cancellée;vernie, vénus
    Almeja rugosa;Chirla antillana;Pelecípodo
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Codakia orbicularis Distribution

    Tiger lucine
    Weisse Teppichmuschel
    Witte tapijtschelp
    Palourde tigrée
    Almeja blanca
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Crassostrea gigas Distribution

    Pacific oyster
    Pazifische Auster
    Japanse oester
    Huître creuse
    Ostra portuguesa
    Ostrica concava
    The temperate Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 80 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • Maximum age known : 30 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Glycymeris glycymeris Distribution

    Dog cockle
    Sammtmuschel
    Marmerschelp
    Amande de mer
    Almendra de mar
    Pie d’asino comune
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Isognomon bicolor Distribution

    Bicolor purse oyster
    Baumauster
    Mangrove-oester
    Huître des mangroves
    Ostra des los manglares
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • Generally, the species is found in mangrove, sometimes attached to roots
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 3 and 20 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Lima scabra Distribution

    Flame scallop;Rough fileclam
    Flammenfeilenmuschel
    Rode vijlmossel
    Coquille Saint-Jacques flamme;Lime rouge des Caraïbes
    Almeja flama;Concha roja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 45 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • Maximum age known : 3 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Lima lima Distribution

    Spiny fileclam
    Feilenmuschel
    Raspschelp
    Lime
    Peine
    Sorbolo di mare
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Limaria hians Distribution

    Gaping file shell
    Klaffende Feilenmuschel
    Gapende vijlmossel
    Lime bâillante
    Peinecillo
    Lima ballerina
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Limaria fragilis Distribution

    Fragile file clam
    Zerbrechliche Feilenmuschel
    Lime fragile
    Almeja lima anulada
    Lima fragile
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Lithophaga lithophaga Distribution

    Date shell
    Steindattel
    Steenmossel
    Date de mer
    Dátil de mar
    Dattolo di pietra
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • Maximum age known : 55 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species is classified asVulnerable

  • Lucina pectinata Distribution

    Thick lucine, clam
    Palourde
    Lucine épaisse; Palourde grise
    Almeja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Generally, the species is found in mangrove, sometimes attached to roots
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 6 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.

  • Mercenaria mercenaria Distribution

    Hard Clam
    Venusmuscheln
    Clam
    Almejas
    Quahog
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 15 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • Maximum age known : 40 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Mytilus edulis Distribution

    common mussel
    Muschel
    Mossel
    Moule commune
    Mejillon
    Cozza
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • Maximum age known : 15 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ostrea edulis Distribution

    Flat oyster
    Europäische Auster
    Gewone Oester
    Huître plate
    Ostra comúm
    Ostrica comune
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • Maximum age known : 30 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Pecten jacobeus Distribution

    Scallop
    Jakobsmuschel
    Coquille St-Jacques de Méditerranée
    Concha del peregrino
    Conchiglia di San Jacopo
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 10 and 200 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Maximum age known : 20 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Pecten maximus Distribution

    Great scallop
    Grosse Pilgermuschel
    Sint-jakobsschelp
    Coquille Saint-Jacques
    Vieira
    Cappasanta atlantica
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 200 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 16 cm
  • Maximum age known : 20 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Pedum spondyloideum Distribution

    Coral clam
    Irisierende Kammuschel
    Koraaloester
    Huître corallicole
    Vieira coral
    Pettine dei coralli
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 6 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Phacoïdes pectinatus Distribution

    Lucine
    Teppichmuschel
    Tapijtschelp
    Palourde
    Almeja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Generally, the species is found in mangrove, sometimes attached to roots
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Pinctada imbricata Distribution

    Atlantic pearl-otster
    Atlantische Perlmuschel
    Atlantische parel-oester
    Huître perlière de l'Atlantique
    Ostra perlera atlantica
    The tropical Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 2 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Pinctada margaritifera Distribution

    Common pearl oyster
    Schwarzlippen - Perlmuschel
    Zwartlip pareloester
    Huître perlière
    Ostra perlífera de labios negros
    Ostrica perlifera
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Pinna carnea Distribution

    Amber penshell
    Bernsteinfarbig Steckmuschel
    Amber steekmossel
    Nacre ambrée
    Nacar ámbar
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 2 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).

  • Pinna nobilis Distribution

    Fan mussel
    Große Steckmuschel
    Steekmossel
    Grande nacre
    Gran nacra
    Pinna comune
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • The species lives on the mid-littoral coast
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 3 and 50 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 100 cm
  • Maximum age known : 20 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • The animal is a protandrous transsexual
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species is classified asVulnerable

  • Pteria hirundo Distribution

    Winged oyster
    Avicule hirondelle
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 10 and 100 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The shell is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Ruditapes decussatus Distribution

    Grooved carpet shell
    Gegitterte Venusmuschel
    Tapijschelp
    Palourde ; Clovisse
    Almeja fina
    Vongola
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Solen marginatus Distribution

    Razor clam
    Europäische Scheidemuschel
    Messchede
    Couteau-gaine
    Navaja
    Cannolicchio
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 5 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 13 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Spondylus varius Distribution

    Thorny oyster
    Stachelauster
    Spondyle variable
    Ostra espinosa
    Spondilo
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Tivela mactroides Distribution

    Clam
    Klaffmuschel
    Het tweekleppig schelpdier
    Praire triangulaire
    Guacuco;Almeja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Tridacna maxima Distribution

    Common giant clam
    Riesenmuschel
    Doopvontschelp
    Bénitier géant
    Almeja Gigante
    Tridacna gigante
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Venus verrucosa Distribution

    Warty venus
    Wartzige Venusmuschel
    Venusschelpen
    Praire
    Escupiña grabada
    Taratufolo
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Slugs
    Acanthodoris pilosa Distribution

    Thorny Doris
    Gestachelte Doris
    Stekeldoris
    Doris épineux
    Doris espinoso
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 170 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bryozoan
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Adalaria proxima Distribution

    White warty doris
    Weisse Warzenschnecke
    Witte wrattebdoris
    Doris blanc à verrues
    Dorisa de verrugas blanco
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 60 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bryozoan
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Aeolidia papillosa Distribution

    Grey sea slug
    Breitwarzige Fadenschnecke
    Vlokkige zeeslak
    Eolidien à papilles
    Eolidia con papilas
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 800 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sea Anemones
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Aplysia dactylomela Distribution

    Spotted sea hare
    Braunring-Seehase
    Ringvlek-zeehaas
    Lièvre de mer tacheté
    Conejito de mar
    Nudibranchio
    The tropical Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Hides in the sand.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 18 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Aplysia depilans Distribution

    Sea-hare
    Marmorierter Seehase
    Zeehaas
    Lièvre de mer
    Liebre de mar
    Lepre di mare
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Aplysia punctata Distribution

    Dotted sea-hare
    Punktierter Seehase
    Gestippelde zeehaas
    Lièvre de mer moucheté
    Liebre de mar punteada
    Lepre di mare
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • Maximum age known : 1 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Aplysia parvula Distribution

    Dwarf sea hare
    Zwergseehase
    Petite Aplysie
    Liebre de mar pequeña
    Piccola lepre di mare
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 6 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Armina maculata Distribution

    Armina
    Armina
    Armina
    Armine
    Armina
    Armina
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Berghia coerulescens Distribution

    Berghia
    Berghia
    Berghia
    Berghia
    Berghia
    Berghia azzurra
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sea Anemones
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Chelidonura livida Distribution

    Blue-spotted shield slug
    Blaupunkt - Kopfschildschnecke
    Chélidonure de Mer Rouge
    Chelidonura del Mar Rojo
    Chelidonura a macchie blu
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 1 and 20 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Sea worms
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Chromodoris krohni Distribution

    Krohn's doris
    Krohn-doris
    Doris van krohn
    Doris de Krohn
    Doris de Krohn
    Doride de Krohn
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Chromodoris luteorosea Distribution

    Purple-yellow spotted doris
    Lilagelbgefleckte doris
    Doris tacheté mauve
    Doris violeta-con-amarilla
    Doride lilla-e-gialla
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 60 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Chromodoris quadricolor Distribution

    Pyjama chromodorid
    Pyjamaschnecke
    Pyjamaslak
    Doris pyjama; Doris à quatre couleurs
    Babosa pijama
    Nudibranco pigiama
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 3 and 30 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cratena peregrina Distribution

    Hervia
    Hervia
    Hervia
    Hervia
    Hervia
    Hervia
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Dendronotus frondosus Distribution

    Frond eolis
    Bäumchenschnecke
    Boompjesslak
    Limace arborescente
    Limaco arborescente
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • Hides among algae.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Rods - Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Elysia (Tridachia) crispata Distribution

    Lettuce sea slug; lettuce Nudibranch, Lettuce sea slug
    Salat-Nacktschnecke
    Krulsla-naaktslak
    Limace de mer frisée, limace-scarole
    Babosa de mar lechuga, lapa de lechuga, babosa escarola
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 12 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Hides among algae.
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Facelina auriculata Distribution

    Greater facelina
    Drummonds Fadenschnecke
    Gekroonde ringsprietslak
    Faceline bleutée
    Gran facelina
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 120 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter high in the food chain.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Flabellina affinis Distribution

    Pink Flabellina
    Rosa Flabellina
    Violette draadslak
    Flabelline mauve
    Flabellina rosada
    Flabellina lilla
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 50 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Flabellina babai Distribution

    White flabellina
    Weißer flabellina
    Witte draadslak
    Flabeline blanche
    Flabellina blanca
    Flabellina bianca
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Flabellina pedata Distribution

    Pink coryphella
    Rosa coryphella
    Corifella rosea
    Coryphelle mauve
    Coryphella rosada
    Corifella porpora
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Flabellina rubrolineata Distribution

    Purple flabellina
    Purpur - Fadenschnecke
    Flabelline violette
    Flabelina de lineas rojas
    Flabellina linea rossa
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 2 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Glossodoris atromarginata Distribution

    Black-edged glossodoris
    Schwartzgerandete Prachtsternschnecke
    Zwartgerande Doris
    Doris à rebord noir
    Glossodoris de ribete oscuro
    Glossodoris orlato di nero
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 2 and 30 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Godiva banyulensis Distribution

    Orange godiva
    Große Orangerote Fadenschnecke
    Brandend vuurtje
    Godive orange
    Babosa naranja
    Godiva arancia
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 35 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Gymnodoris ceylonica Distribution

    Ceylon gymnodorid
    Ceylon - Sternschnecke
    Gymnodoris de Ceylan
    Gymnodoris Ceylón
    Gymnodoris di Ceylon
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 20 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Hypselodoris picta Distribution

    Giant Doris
    Sternschnecke
    Grote sterslak
    Doris géant
    Doris elegans
    Doride dipinto
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Indian Ocean
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 60 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Hypselodoris tricolor Distribution

    Tricolor Doris
    Dreifarbige Sternschnecke
    Tricolor Doris
    Doris tricolore
    Doris tricolore
    Doride tricolore
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 60 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Janolus cristatus Distribution

    Antiopella
    Antiopella
    Blauwtipje
    Antiopelle
    Antiopella
    Antiopella
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Nembrotha megalocera Distribution

    Bighorn nembrotha;Red sea nembrotha
    Hirsch - Sternschnecke
    Nembrotha à grandes cornes
    Cuerno grande
    Nembrota
    The Red Sea
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • Diet : Sponges - Tunicates - Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Peltodoris atromaculata Distribution

    Dotted Seaslug
    Leopardenschnecke
    Luipaardslak
    Doris dalmatien
    Vaquita suiza
    Vacchetta di mare
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Phyllidia varicosa Distribution

    Varicose wart slug
    Variable WarzenschneckeVariable Warzenschnecke
    Driekleurige wrattenslak
    Phyllidie verruqueuse
    Babosa verrucosa varicosa
    Fillidia
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 30 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 11 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Phyllodesmium magnum Distribution

    Iridescent dragon
    Große Fadenschnecke
    Grand Phyllodesmium
    Phyllodesmium grande
    Nudibranco magno
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 13 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Polycera quadrilineata Distribution

    Polycera
    Polycera
    Polycera
    Limace à quatre lignes
    Policera
    Policera
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 60 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bryozoan
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Risbecia pulchella Distribution

    Beautiful risbecia
    Hübsche Sternschnecke
    Risbécie coquette
    Risbecia
    Risbecia
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 3 and 25 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a couple
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Thuridilla picta Distribution

    Painted elysia
    Gemalt Elysia
    Geschilderd elysia
    Elysie peintre
    Elysia pintado
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species generally lies on a sandy seafloor or in seagrass
  • The species can be found between 0 and 6 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 4 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Thuridilla hopei Distribution

    Thuridilla
    Gestreifte Flügelschnecke
    Gestreepte vleugelslak
    Thuridille
    Thuridilla
    Turidilla
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 25 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Trapania maculata Distribution

    Trapania
    Trapania
    Trapania
    Trapanie tachetée
    Trapania
    Trapania
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 2 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bryozoan
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Tritonia lineata Distribution

    Striped tritonia
    Gestreifter Tritonia
    Gestreepte Tritonia
    Tritonia rayé
    Tritonia rayada
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 3 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Coral
  • The animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Tylodina perversa Distribution

    Yellow Tylodina
    Gelbe Tylodina
    Gele Tylodina
    Tylodine Jaune
    Tylodina amarilla
    Tilodina gialla
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 50 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • Maximum age known : 2 year(s)
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Cephalopods
    Eledone cirrhosa Distribution

    Horned octopus
    Zirrenkrake
    Kleine octopus
    Poulpe blanc
    Pulpo blanco
    Moscardino bianco
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 10 and 800 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 50 cm
  • The animal is a hunter high in the food chain.
  • Diet : Crustaceans
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Loligo plei Distribution

    Slender inshore squid
    Kaliformischer tintenfisch
    Slanke pijlinktvis
    Calmar flèche
    Calamar flecha
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The species can be found between 0 and 40 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 45 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Loligo vulgaris Distribution

    Squid
    Gemeiner Kalmar
    Gewone pijlinktvis
    Encornet;Calmar
    Calamar
    Calamaro comune
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 100 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 50 cm
  • Maximum age known : 2 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Fishes - Shrimps - Invertebrates
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Octopus vulgaris Distribution

    Common octopus
    Gewöhnlicher Krake
    Gewone achtarm
    Poulpe commun
    Pulpo común
    Polpo comune
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 100 cm
  • Maximum age known : 1 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Crustaceans - Fishes - Mollusks
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Octopus burryi Distribution

    Brownstripe octopus
    Braungestreifter Krake
    Bruingestreepte achtarm
    Poulpe à rayures brunes
    Pulpo granuloso
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species can be found between 5 and 25 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Hides in the sand.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Crustaceans
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Octopus briareus Distribution

    Caribbean reef octopus
    Karibischer Riffkrake
    Caribishe rif-octopus
    Chatrou de nuit
    Pulpo de arrecife carbeno
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 60 cm
  • Maximum age known : 1 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Fishes - Mollusks - Crustaceans
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Octopus macropus Distribution

    White-spotted octopus
    Langarmiger Krake
    Wit-bevlekte octopus
    Poulpe tacheté
    Pulpo manchado
    Moscardino
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 100 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 140 cm
  • Maximum age known : 1 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Crustaceans - Fishes
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Octopus cyaneus Distribution

    Common reef octopus
    Gemeiner Riff-Krake
    Gewone rif-octopus
    Poulpe commun
    Pulpo rojo grande
    Polpo diurno
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species crawls on the seafloor
  • The species is generally attached to a reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 25 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 140 cm
  • The animal is a hunter high in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Crustaceans - Fishes
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Sepia officinalis Distribution

    Common cuttlefish
    Gemeiner Tintenfisch
    Gewone zeekat
    Seiche commune
    Sepia común
    Seppia
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 200 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Hides in the sand.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • Maximum age known : 2 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Shrimps - Crabs - Fishes
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Sepia pharaonis Distribution

    Pharaoh Cuttlefish
    Farao-Sepia
    Farao-zeekat
    Seiche des pharaons
    Jibia faraon
    Sepia faraone
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The species can be found between 1 and 110 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Imitates a rock or a coral.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 100 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Fishes - Crustaceans
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Sepia prashadi Distribution

    Hooded cuttlefish
    Prashad - Sepia
    Seiche à papilles
    Sepia con capucha
    Seppia indopacifica
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Hides in the sand.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 60 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Fishes - Crustaceans
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Sepiola atlantica Distribution

    Atlantic bobtail
    Kleine Sprutte
    Kleine zeekat
    Sépiole d'Atlantique
    Sepiola atlantica
    The temperate Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 300 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • Hides in the sand.
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Crustaceans - Fishes
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.

  • Sepioteuthis sepioidea Distribution

    Caribbean reef squid
    Karibische Riffsepia
    Caribische rif-pijlinktvis
    Calmar récifal des Caraïbes
    Calamar de arrecife;Calamar sepia
    The tropical Atlantic
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 35 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat

  • Sepioteuthis lessoniana Distribution

    Bigfin reef squid
    Lesson - Kalmar
    Lessons pijlinktvis
    Calmar de récif
    Calamar de arrecife de aleta grande
    Calamaro di barriera
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Substrate and environment
  • Exclusively a marine species
  • The species is generally observed on the reef or near it.
  • The species moves by swimming
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal may squirt ink if disturbed
  • The animal retracts or flees if disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 45 cm
  • Maximum age known : 1 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Fishes - Crustaceans
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

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