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Scientific name: Pupillaea aoerta-2
Common name: Spotted manteled keyhole limpet
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Mollusca Not Defined Gastropoda Orthogastropoda Vetigastropoda Fissurellidae Emarginulinae Pupillaea Pupillaea aoerta-2


Short Description:

Oval haped body with a distinctive "key hole" on the top giving the animal a slug-like look.Colour variable The body is normally grey or brown or mottled black pots and a orange foot

Shell small relative to the body,with a white rim
and a bevelled hole on top
The shell is almost completely covered by the body
Shell is about 35 mm and the body 80mm
The body is usealy grey,striped,brown or mottled balck
with a orange foot 
Size: 80mm
Behaviour: Solitary moving sluggish on vertical reef surfaces
Diet: Filter feeder
Depth: 30m


Subtidal and reefs on vertical rockfaces


Two Oceans
(A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley

Similar Species:
  • None

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Andre Aggenbach-{Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-04 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 18 150mm 12m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Andre Aggenbach-{Port Elizabeth) 2010-09-04 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shiprock 15 200mm 12m Olympus C-4000z photo
Cobus Hay-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-11-13 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 13 75mm 8m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Cobus Hay-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-08-28 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 15 150mm 10m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Cobus Hay-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-04-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 16 70mm 12m Olympus C-50z photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-11-10 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 110mm 12m Olympus FE280 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-02-28 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Suicide Reef 17 100mm 8m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-03-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 16 200mm 10m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-10-10 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Riy Banks 16 100mm 23m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-02 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 250mm 14m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-02 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 250mm 14m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
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