Taxon profile


Common Limpet
Patella vulgata Linnaeus, 1758

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  family Patellidae »  genus Patella - limpet

Scientific synonyms

Patella conica Anton, 1838
Patella hypsilotera Locard, 1892
Patella radiata Perry, 1811
Patella servaini Mabille, 1888
Patella vulgata var. aurea Dautzenberg & Durouchoux, 1906
Patella vulgata var. communis Brown, 1844
Patella vulgata var. elevata Jeffreys, 1865
Patella vulgata var. major Dautzenberg & Durouchoux, 1906
Patella vulgata var. secernenda Dautzenberg, 1887


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This is the common European edible limpet. It is moderately large, solid, oval and conical, radially ribbed, and usually whitish or yellowish, often radially lined or streaked in brown.
Shell moderately large, up to 60 mm. (2,375 inches) in length, solid, oval, conical, with the apex a little in front of the middle, and sculptured with radiating ribs and interstitial lirae. Colour varying from whitish to yellowish, sometimes radially lined or streaked with dark-brown. Interior weakly iridescent, the spatula grayish to leaden colour or clouded with whitish callus, often with the shell margin dark-lined by the external pattern showing through.
Radula-formula: 3+1+ 4+1 + 3. The four central teeth are of approximately equal size, and are arranged in a straight horizontal line, without a median vestigial central. Length 40-60 mm., Width 30-55 mm.
Source: Powell, 1973. The Patellid limpets of the world (Patellidae).
Author: Jan Delsing

Similar species

Patella aspera Röding, 1798

Included taxa

Number of records: 7

subspecies Patella vulgata aurea H. Martel, 1906
subspecies Patella vulgata communis T. Brown, 1844
subspecies Patella vulgata conica H.E. Anton, 1839
subspecies Patella vulgata elevata J.G. Jeffreys, 1865
subspecies Patella vulgata major P. Dautzenberg & P. Durouchoux, 1906
subspecies Patella vulgata radiata C. Linnaeus, 1758
subspecies Patella vulgata secernenda C. Linnaeus, 1758

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Patella vulgata Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Patella servaini Mabille, 1888]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Patella vulgata LINNÉ, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013
IT Repetto G., Orlando F. & Arduino G. (2005): Conchiglie del Mediterraneo, Amici del Museo "Federico Eusebio", Alba, Italy [as Patella vulgata Linné, 1758]
EN Petović S., Gvozdenović S., Ikica Z. (2017): An Annotated Checklist of the Marine Molluscs of the South Adriatic Sea (Montenegro) and a Comparison with Those of Neighbouring Areas, Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 17: 921-934 [as Patella vulgata (Linnaeus, 1758)]

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