Our animals


Limpet

Limpet

Facts

LatinSeptaria porcellana
Size5 cm
FoodAlgae etc.
HabitatRivers and lakes
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationSoutheast Asia eg. Thailand
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A limpet is a snail that eats algae it scrapes off rocks and other surfaces with its specially designed tongue covered with tiny teeth.

The world's strongest natural material

Engineers in the UK have found that limpets' teeth consist of the strongest biological material ever tested. Limpets use a tongue bristling with tiny teeth to scrape food off rocks and into their mouths, often swallowing particles of rock in the process. The teeth are made of a mineral-protein composite, which the researchers tested in tiny fragments in the laboratory. They found it was stronger than spider silk. Which was formerly known as the strongest natural material.