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A group of live Patella vulgata on an intertidal rock
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Patellogastropoda
Superfamily: Patelloidea
Rafinesque, 1815
Family: Patellidae
Rafinesque, 1815
Genera and species

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Patellidae is a taxonomic family of sea snails or true limpets, marine gastropod molluscs in the clade Patellogastropoda.[1]

Patellidae is the only family in the superfamily Patelloidea. This family has no subfamilies.

(The superfamily Patelloidea should not be confused with the similar-sounding genus of true limpets Patelloida which is in the family Lottiidae within the superfamily Lottioidea, also part of the Patellogastropoda.)


A cladogram showing phylogenic relations of Patellogastropoda based on molecular phylogeny research by Nakano & Ozawa (2007):[2]


Lottiidae (including Acmaea and Niveotectura)







Genera and species in the family Patellidae include:[3][4]


Human uses

Some limpet species in this family are used as a food source in various countries.

A study of Patella caerulea found that this limpet reduced the cover of algae and barnacles on steel panels suspended in sea water in a commercial port, suggesting that the limpet could be used to inhibit fouling of ship hulls.[5]

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