Marine Life

Cool critter of the month: the chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

Phylum: Mollusca

Family: Nautilidae

Where do they live?
These ocean dwellers can be found throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  As it turns out, there are two sub-species of (Nautilus pompilius).  Nautilus pompilius polpilius is the larger of the two subspecies.  These guys can be found in the Andaman Sea down to Western Australia in the Indian Ocean, and from southern Japan down to Northern Australia in the Pacific.  Nautilus pompilius suluensis has a much more restricted range, staying in the Sulu Sea between Malaysia and the Philippines.

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Marine Life

Cool critter of the month: Slipper Limpet (Crepidula fornicata)

Cool critter of the month: Slipper Limpet (Crepidula fornicata )

Phylum: Mollusca

Family: Calyptaeidae

Where do they live?
These guys live in the intertidal zone, often attached to any hard substrate…. Literally any.  Although you can find them on the soft substrates as well as clinging onto rocks and pilings, you can find them quite happily living on other creatures such as crabs, oysters – and even other slipper limpets!  These guys can form chains of around 12 limpets long, with the largest ones sitting at the bottom, and the smallest at the top.  The slipper limpet is native to the east coast of America.  It’s pretty widespread too, with its most northerly point starting in Nova Scotia in Canada and most southerly in the Gulf of Mexico.

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