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Scutus antipodes

Elephant Slug, Shield Slug, Ducksbill Limpet

Zachary O'Leary (2011) 


 

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Overview

Brief Summary


Physical Description

Size


Identification Resources


Ecology

Local Distribution and Habitats


Biogeographical Distribution


Micro-habitats and Associations


Crypsis


Life History & Behaviour

Behaviour


Cyclicity


Morphology and Physiology

External Morphology


Internal Anatomy


Conservation

Threats


References & More Information

Bibliographies


Names & Taxonomy

Common Names

Brief Summary

Scutus antipodes, commonly known as the elephant slug is a large, slug-like animal found in a range of marine habitats from rocky shores to coral reef crests. It is often found under rocks or in small crevices from low tide to 20 meters in depth. The elephant slug has a pitch black mantle covering most of its body while occasionally exposing its hard white shell underneath. It forsakes its day time refuge to feed on algae during the night time low tide. Although fairly abundant, its distribution is limited to the coastline of Australia.

As part of the fissurellidae family, the elephant slug is commonly referred to as slit, keyhole, or false-limpet. Fissurellidae is a family of gastropods, a class consisting of snails and slugs of all shapes and sizes. The elephant snail is unique from most true limpets in that the mantle slit is associated with the animals posterior end (back).

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus

Synonyms

Aviscutum veitchi (Cotton, 1953)
Scutus veitchi ((Cotton, 1953))

Common Names

duckbill shell
elephant slug
shield shell
Elefantenschnecke
Schildschnecke
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus

Synonyms

Parmophorus breviculus (Blainville, 1817)
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus

Synonyms

Nannoscutum forsythi (Iredale, 1937)
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus

Synonyms

Parmophorus rueppeli (Philippi, 1851)
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus

Synonyms

Parmophorus chinensis (Blainville, 1825)
Parmophorus sinensis (Blainville, 1825)
Scutus sinensis ((Blainville, 1825))

Common Names

オトメガサ
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Lepetellida
Superfamily
Fissurelloidea
Family
Fissurellidae
Genus
Scutus

Synonyms

Parmophorus corrugatus (Reeve, 1842)
Parmophorus imbricatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
Patella unguis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Scutus corrugatus ((Reeve, 1842))
Scutus granulatus ((Blainville, 1819))
Scutus unguis ((Linnaeus, 1758))

Common Names

リュウキュウオトメガサ