Gastropoda | Archaeogastropoda
Environment / Climate / Range
Northeast Pacific: British Columbia, Canada to Mexico.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 3.0 cm SHD male/unsexed; (Ref. 95344); common length : 2.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 312); max. reported age: 28 years (Ref. 2823)
Shell is thick and dark purple to black; foot is black on the sides (Ref. 312).
It has a shell length of 2.5 cm. Fisheries: Over-harvesting for food in the early 1900s, mainly by Southern European immigrants, caused a drastic drop in population numbers. Today they are still harvested by both Americans of Southern European and Asian ancestries; heavy regulation by the Department of Fish and Game has allowed populations to recover (Ref. 312). Habitat: Occurs in high to middle intertidal zones on rocky surfaces or in pools not covered in algae. Diet: eats many species of algae including micro and macroscopic. Life span: up to 25 years (Ref. 312). Members of the order Archaeogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the order Archaeogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults.
Gallivan, G. and J. Danforth. 1999. (Ref. 312)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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