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shell of Scutellastra granularis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Patellogastropoda
Superfamily: Patelloidea
Family: Patellidae
Genus: Scutellastra
H. Adams & A. Adams, 1854[1]
Type species
Patella plicata
Born, 1778
  • Ancistromesus Dall, 1871
  • Patella (Ancistromesus) Dall, 1871
  • Patella (Scutellastra) H. Adams & A. Adams, 1854
  • Patellanax Iredale, 1924 (junior synonym)
  • Patellidea Thiele, 1891
  • Penepatella Iredale, 1929 (junior synonym)

Scutellastra is a genus of sea snails with gills, typical true limpets, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Patellidae, the true limpets.[2]

In Branch et al. 2002, Scutellastra is mentioned as a genus while according to Vaught it is actually a subgenus. All species listed in Branch et al. as belonging to the genus of Scutellastra were not entered into the database under this genus, but were directly placed under Patella (Scutellastra) - being the right taxonomic classification according to Vaught.[2]


Species within the genus Scutellastra include:[3]

Species brought into synonymy
  • Scutellastra pica (Reeve, 1854): synonym of Scutellastra exusta (Reeve, 1854)


  1. ^ Adams H. & Adams A. (1854). Gen. Rec. Moll. 1: 466.
  2. ^ a b c Bouchet, P. (2012). Scutellastra H. Adams & A. Adams, 1854. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-06-08
  3. ^ Scutellastra. WoRMS.
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp.
  • BRANCH M.L., GRIFFITHS C.L., KENSLEY B., SIEG J. 1991. The benthic Crustacea of subantarctic Marion and Prince Edward Islands: Illustrated keys to the species and results of the 1982-1989 University of Cape Town Surveys. South African Journal of Antarctic Research, 21(1): 3-44.

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