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6th of september 2022: A new reason to fight for the protection of our coasts – the Patella ferruginea,
commonly known as the Ribbed Mediterranean Limpet.

Last October, ProDunas Marbella had the invaluable help of Dr. Serge Gofas (University of Malaga), who came out to the beach at Cabopino to confirm the presence of a very important species of limpet. Patella ferruginea is a species of limpet common to the western Mediterranean that, since 1999, has been considered in danger of extinction (Spanish Catalog of Threatened Species).

It is found on the southern Spanish coast from Almería to Cádiz. It never crosses the Atlantic and there is no mention of it beyond Cabo de Gata. However, its population has been fragmenting and decreasing to the point of disappearing in some areas over a few short years. Its presence in Cabopino is somewhat more notable now than it was some years ago (only 5 individuals registered in 2008), and being able to find it in Cabopino is very encouraging.

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Asociación ProDunas Marbella

The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.