Prickly jingle

Prickly jingle

Bivalves Heteranomia squamula Most bivalves bury into sandy or muddy bottoms for protection. Some live on much more special surface. The prickly jingle attaches itself to rocks, other shells or other solid material. Both shells usually look the same in bivalves, but...
Greenland cockle

Greenland cockle

Bivalves Serripes groenlandicus Several large bivalve species in Icelandic waters could be harvested if found in sufficient quantities. That applies to the Greenland cockle. It lives for the most part buried in soft bottom sediments in shallow seas to a depth of about...
Common tortoise limpet

Common tortoise limpet

Invertebrates Testudinalia testudinalis Some snail species are not particularly snail like. The limpets are different from other slugs in that the shell is cap-shaped but not coiled. Their underside is like a suction cup and they use that to attach themselves to rocks...
Nudibranchs

Nudibranchs

Invertebrates Nudibranchia Nudibranchs are a colourful and varied group of molluscs. In fact, they are sea slugs that have gotten rid of their shells. Instead, they protect themselves by being distasteful or poisonous. The colour is in fact a warning sign. They want...
Blue mussel

Blue mussel

Invertebrates Mytilus edulis The blue mussel is widely distributed all around Iceland. It is purely a seashore or shallow water species, found from the seashore down to depths of a few metres. It is attached to the bottom by filaments called byssus threads. It is...
Northern horse mussel

Northern horse mussel

Invertebrates Modiolus modiolus The northern horse mussel is very similar to the blue mussel in appearance but is considerably larger. Their ways of living are similar, as they are closely related. The horse mussel is found all around the country, but are generally...
Neptune whelk

Neptune whelk

Invertebrates Neptunea despecta Many types of whelks are found here in Icelandic waters. For example, the neptune whelk is among the largest and also verycommon. Unlike the common whelk, the neptune whelk has a venous gland that needs to be removed before eating. HÞV...
Common whelk

Common whelk

Invertebrates Buccinum undatum The common whelk is a large-sized snail that can reach up to 15 cm height. Distribution It is found all around Iceland over a wide depth range, from the seashore down to several hundred m depths. It is also in European waters from the...
Ocean quahog

Ocean quahog

Molluscs Arctica islandica Distribution The ocean quahog is found all around Iceland on sand or mud bottom at depths of 5 to 50 m. It also occurs deeper. The ocean quahog has a wide global distribution. It is found in European waters from the White Sea in the north to...
Blue mussel

Blue mussel

Invertebrates Mytilus edulis The blue mussel is widely distributed all around Iceland. It is purely a seashore or shallow water species, found from the seashore down to depths of a few metres. Ecology It is attached to the bottom by filaments called byssus threads. It...

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