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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Liparis liparis - Sea Snail

Habitat & Distribution

This fish is normally found amongst and under shells and stones on muddy-sand areas. Whereas it is a relatively common species in shallow water in more northern areas, it is decidedly rare along the south and south-western coastline. Many intertidal records for this species have been confused with the much more common Montagu' s Sea-snail Liparis montagui . The Sea-snail has only been positively identified in Cornish waters from shallow water in and around the Falmouth estuary area.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.