Lanzarote has a very rich and interesting marine life. In this post are the most common shellfishes listed that can be found on Lanzarote. The list includes the most important description,features and facts of these beautiful creatures. The location where these shellfishes occurs are also described, in case you’d like to explore the islands’ marine life.
Cangrejito Ciego Jameito is endemic to Lanzarote, and can be found there in a cave system Cueva de los Verdes in the north of the island. In the cave is a salt water basin, which moves along with the tides.The little animal has almost no pigment and is slightly yellow. It is about four cm long. The animal has reduced eyes and can not see. It is also known that metals also very dangerous for these small animals. It is forbidden to throw coins into the water, and they can lead to death.
Photo by Inaki Relanzon
Lapa de Pie Negro has an oval solid and very high shell. The outer color of this is grayish-beige in the largest and yellowish-green in smaller specimens, while inside is pearly blue and gray hues and a yellow border. It is usually covered with seaweed, and there can be barnacles attached on its surface. The foot is dark gray and beige. The Lapa de Pie Negro has a length of 85mm.It lives in not too steep, rocky shores and in some areas exposed to waves.
Photo by G.&Ph. Poppe
Burgao o burgado,this small mollusc from the Trochidae family occurs frequently in the Canary Islands. The Burgao has a trumpet shape, the shell is formed by a spiral of 5 or 6 rounds. The mollusc has a flat base and is about 3 cm high and has a green / white / brown color.The Burgao develops between the rocks and unconsolidated sediments across the intertidal or eulittoral zone, which is defined as the area of contact between the land and the sea, submerged at high tide and exposed at low tide. Migrate to the side or lower parts of the rocks for shelter and maintain moisture at low tide.
Photo by H.Zell
Marginella Glabella is a snail species from the family of Marginellidae. The shell of Marginellidae is small, but varies in different species from minute to medium-sized. The color of the shell can be white, cream, yellow, orange, red, or brown, and can be , or patterned in various ways.
Photo by Femorale