Patelloida latistrigata

Pied limpet
Patelloida latistrigata
Patelloida latistrigata, Orford,TAS, Photo: Graham Edgar
Patelloida latistrigata
Patelloida latistrigata, Hobart, TAS, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Patelloida latistrigata
Patelloida latistrigata


Temperate Australasia


Small limpet with a variable shape that enables it to occupy small depressions in rock. It is therefore rarely noticed despite being the most abundant limpet on many southeastern Australian rock platforms. It usually has about 12 large ribs with dark markings between and is speckled with black towards the centre of the shell. The species is often found beside the small honeycomb barnacle Chamaesipho tasmanica.


Max Size: 3 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.8-25.2°C

Depth: N/A

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Widespread (100% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (16 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney