Patella Dactylioceras

Gastropod Eocene -Recent

Patella is characterized by an uncoiled, conical, cap-like shell. Pronounced ribs that radiate from the apex strengthen the shell. The height of the cone is approximately 3 cm. Patella lives in the intertidal zone and clings to rocks using its foot. During low tide the animal "clamps down" to avoid desiccation. At high tide the gastropod grazes the rock surface for encrusting algae.

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