Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Subclass Patellogastropoda > Superfamily Patelloidea > Family Patellidae > Genus Patella

Patella rustica Linnaeus, 1758

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

PatellaLinnaeus, 1758accepted genus name
Ansates G. B. Sowerby II, 1839 synonym
Helcion (Ansates) Sowerby, 1839 synonym
Patina Gray, 1847 synonym

Species group names

Patella gorgonica da Costa, 1771 synonym
Patella lusitanica Gmelin, 1791 synonym
Patella lusitanica var. minor Marion, 1883 synonym
Patella nigropunctata Reeve, 1854 synonym
Patella polita Risso, 1826 synonym
Patella punctata Lamarck, 1819 synonym
Patella punctulata Gmelin, 1791 synonym
Patella rustica var. maroccana Pallary, 1920 synonym
Patella rustica var. orientalis Pallary, 1938 synonym
Patella squamata Röding, 1798 synonym
Patella subgranularis de Blainville, 1825 synonym
Patella variabilis Risso, 1826 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 English: Lusitanian limpet sources: Hayward, P.J.; Nelson-Smith, A.; Shields, C. (1996). Collins pocket guide: sea shore of Britain and Europe. Collins pocket guides. Harper-Collins Publishers: London, UK. ISBN 0-00-219955-6. 352 pp.
 Galician: lapa rústica
 Greek: Στικτοπεταλίδα


original description

Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.

basis of record

Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213

additional source

Nakano T. & Ozawa T. (2007). Worldwide phylogeography of limpets of the order Patellogastropoda: molecular, morphological and paleontological evidence. Journal of Molluscan Studies 73(1): 79–99.

additional source

Sá-Pinto A., Baird S.J.E., Pinho C., Alexandrino P. & Branco M. 2010. A three-way contact zone between forms of Patella rustica (Mollusca: Patellidae) in the central Mediterranean Sea. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 100(1): 154–169.

additional source

Côrte-Real H.B.S.M., Hawkins S.J. & Thorpe J.P. (1996). An interpretation of the taxonomic relationship between the limpets Patella rustica and Patella piperata. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 76: 717-732

additional source

Koufopanou et al (1999). A molecular phylogeny of the patellid limpets (Gastropoda: Patellidae) and its implications for the origins of their antitropical distribution Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 11(1):138-156





External Links

Barcode of Life (57 barcodes)
Biodiversity Heritage Library (37 publications)
GenBank (247 nucleotides; 196 proteins)


Gofas, S. (2014). Patella rustica Linnaeus, 1758. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:140683




 Present  Absent  Doubtful  Native  Introduced  Naturalised  Invasive  Managed  No data




no data

Provided by

logo erms



Last modified

2004-12-21 by Serge Gofas

Your feedback

click here

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

Your e-mail address:

Your message: