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Tag: Mediterranean marine species

Squid

Scientific name: Loligo vulgaris

It is a mollusk with a length of between 15 and 30 cm. It has 8 short arms and two extendable catching tentacles. It lives in waters close to the coast, from the surface of the sea up to 100 meters deep. It is a nocturnal predator that feeds on fish and prawns.

Curiosities

It moves by jet propulsion. When it feels in danger it expels ink to confuse its predators and flee.

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periwinkle

Periwinkle

Scientific name: Littorina littorea

It measures between 2.5 and 3 cm. They live attached to the rocks that are submerged, in the cracks and crevices that serve to protect them from the waves and currents. It feeds on algae and does not neglect small invertebrates when the opportunity presents itself.

Curiosities

They are very resistant mollusks and can last a long time out of the water. When they feel attacked they take refuge inside the shell.

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Mediterranean red sea star

Mediterranean red sea star

Scientific name: Echinaster sepositus

Red sea Star has five arms on the underside of which it has several rows of tube feet, which it uses to move around and to hold food. It also has short spines that are covered by the skin. It is found on rocky bottoms and Posidonia meadows. Feeds mostly on sponges and worms.

Curiosities 

They have regenerative capacity which allows them to develop a new arm if they lose it.

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