Shield Shell

Scutus breviculus

Summary 4

Scutus breviculus is a species of large sea snail or limpet with the common name "shield shell". It is a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Fissurellidae, the keyhole limpets and slit limpets.

How To Recognise It 5

It looks more like a sea creature than a limpet as the shell in often covered.

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iNaturalist NZ Map

Depth Low Tide, Mid Tide
Location Aupourian, Cookian, Forsterian