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limpet,

marine gastropodgastropod,
member of the class Gastropoda, the largest and most successful class of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), containing over 35,000 living species and 15,000 fossil forms.
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 mollusk with a simple, flattened, conical shell, found in cooler waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Certain species creep over rocks, feeding on algae during high tides, but when the tide recedes they return instinctively to the same spot occupied previously, to await the return of high water. The muscular foot clings so powerfully that limpets are found in wave-swept areas where few other forms of life can survive. The keyhole limpet is named for its central opening, through which respiratory currents pass. Limpets range up to 4 in. (10 cm) in length, but most are smaller; there are several freshwater species. Limpets are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Gastropoda, order Archeogastropoda.

limpet

[′lim·pət]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any of several species of marine gastropod mollusks composing the families Patellidae and Acmaeidae which have a conical and tentlike shell with ridges extending from the apex to the border.

limpet

1. any of numerous marine gastropods, such as Patella vulgata (common limpet) and Fissurella (or Diodora) apertura (keyhole limpet), that have a conical shell and are found clinging to rocks
2. any of various similar freshwater gastropods, such as Ancylus fluviatilis (river limpet)
3. a small open caisson shaped to fit against a dock wall, used mainly in repair work
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Across all sites we observed, on average, 17 and 28% increase in body size with protection in the keyhole limpet and in the red seaurchin, respectively.
The differences in diet of the limpet are probably reflections of changes in the composition of the benthic community.
Each of the four trials used gill tissue from a different limpet collected from Axial Volcano (n = 2) or Endeavour Segment (n = 2) (Table 1).
Efforts have been made to rid the Strait of the slipper limpets, which resemble sea snails, but there have been no further sightings of live animals.
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Specifically, we examine (a) geographic distribution and local zonation for correlations between these two limpet species and kelp species, (b) feeding behavior of the limpets, (c) the effects of excluding kelp from the limpets' diets, and (d) implications of the trophic linkage between subtidal kelp production and the intertidal limpets.
In addition, two of the whale-fall limpets (Pyropelta corymba and Pyropelta musaica) and the mussel 1.
Limpet is trying to come to terms with her mother's alcoholism - and now she has to contend with the fact that her father is also struggling.
In southern California, the giant keyhole limpet (Megathura crenulata) is an important emerging fishery that has grown in commercial and scientific importance in the last twenty years.
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For in the tube between bladder and kidney lay a limpet mine of cancer.