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Ribbed Limpets: More Information

Description: Limpets are mollusks with one volcano-shaped shell; different species have different steepness to the slopes and different colors and textures.  The ribbed limpet’s peak is noticeably forward of center, and low, bumpy ridges stretch from the peak to the edge of the shell.  A wide muscular foot of each limpet fills most of the oval, open base of the “volcano,” with the rest of the animal inside.

Taxonomy:

  Kingdom Animalia  -- Animal, animals, animaux  
     Phylum Mollusca  -- molluscs, mollusks, mollusques, molusco  
        Class Gastropoda Cuvier, 1797 -- caracol, caramujo, escargots, gastéropodes, gastropods, lesma, limaces, slugs, snails  
           Order Patellogastropoda  
              Family Lottiidae  
                 Genus Lottia G. B. Sowerby I, 1834  
                    Species Lottia digitalis (Rathke, 1833) -- ribbed limpet

Other common species:

Acmaea mitra Eschscholtz, 1833 -- whitecap limpet

Lottia pelta (Rathke, 1833) -- shield limpet

Diodora aspera (Rathke, 1833) -- rough keyhole limpet

Taxonomic information source: ITIS.gov