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Patella caerulea

Patella caerulea
Five views of a shell of Patella caerulea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Patellogastropoda
Superfamily: Patelloidea
Family: Patellidae
Genus: Patella
Species: P. caerulea
Binomial name
Patella caerulea
Linnaeus, 1758
  • Patella alba da Costa, 1771
  • Patella alba Anton, 1838
  • Patella calicula Li Chang, 1930
  • Patella cancellata Risso, 1826
  • Patella favaniana Risso, 1826
  • Patella fragilis Philippi, 1836
  • Patella grisea Risso, 1826
  • Patella grisea de Blainville, 1825
  • Patella hellespontiana Monterosato, 1888
  • Patella margaritacea Gmelin, 1791
  • Patella nacrina de Gregorio, 1884
  • Patella richelmia Risso, 1826
  • Patella riparia Nardo, 1847
  • Patella scutellina Locard, 1892
  • Patella silicina Röding, 1798
  • Patella squama de Blainville, 1825
  • Patella subplana Potiez & Michaud, 1838
  • Patella vulgata var. plumbea Röding, 1798

Patella caerulea, common name the rayed Mediterranean limpet[1] is a species of sea snail, a true limpet, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Patellidae, one of the families of true limpets.[2]


Five views of a shell of Patella caerulea forma subplana


P. caerulea is endemic to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.[3] 'P. coerulea' has recently been identified off the Cornish coast in the British Channel. Due to the rise of coastal temperatures, distribution is becoming more widespread.[4]


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  2. ^ Linnaeus, 1758Patella caerulea.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 8 April 2010.
  3. ^ Oliver, A.P.H. (2004). Guide to Seashells of the World. Buffalo: Firefly Books. 27.
  4. ^ Campbell . A (2004) 'Seashores and Shallow Sea's of Britain and Europe' Hamlyn Guide. 144-145. extensive Research by Galloway, S.J. (2013)
  • 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

External links

  • (Italian) Patella coerulea
  • Damen P. & Dictus W. J. A. G. (2002) "Newly-discovered muscle in the larva of Patella coerulea (Mollusca, Gastropoda) suggests the presence of a larval extensor". Contributions to Zoology 71(1/3). HTM

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