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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Limpets
Star limpet
Patelloida saccharinoides
Family Acmaeidae
updated Jul 2020

Where seen? This large star-patterned limpet is commonly seen in small groups on many of our shores, usually on large boulders near the mid-water mark.

2-3cm. Shell thick, conical with 7-8 thick raised white ribs that emerge from a raised centre and stick out at the edges forming an overall star-like shape. There is no hole at the top of the shell. Body plain white. A true limpet, it breathes through one feathery gill.

Chek Jawa, Jan 05


Changi, Oct 09

Star limpets on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Jong, Jun 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.



  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
  • Tan, K. S. & L. M. Chou, 2000. A Guide to the Common Seashells of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 160 pp.
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