purple snail

Latin: Nucella lapillus
purple snail
Up to 42 mm long and 22 mm wide.
On rocky outcrops in the intertidal zone, mostly in exposed areas.
From Gibraltar to Greenland. Along the entire Norwegian coast.
Distinctly predatory snail
Facts about the purple snail

The color of this snail species can vary widely, and is affected by the food organisms. The shells can be white, yellow, brown and red. If the food consists of a lot of mussels, the shell will be dark, but if the food consists of a lot of barnacles, the shell will be light.

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