Tectura virginea (O F Müller, 1776)
Author & date of last revision: Steve Wilkinson on 10 July 2011
Acmaea virginea; Collisella virginea;
Conical shell up to 10mm in length. The surface of the shell is smooth. It is white or cream in colour with pink lines which are often broken giving a chequered pattern. Occasionally a pure white specimen may be found.
Key identification features
Ecology and behaviour
Lives attached to the underside of stable stones which have growths of red weed. Feeds on red algae especially Lithothamnion. Breeds in spring.
Distribution and status
Occurs throughout Europe on Atlantic and Med coasts.