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I´ve never seen that this kind of snails were sold, or can even be prepared for a meal..., the shells had a blue shine on the inside, the animals were orange, yellow to brown. on the table of this salesman, they were so fresh, that they were still moving...




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1 Species ID Suggestions

Patella or "Lapa" (in portuguese)
Patella candei (, and Patella aspera (, - The two species are found in abundance on Madeira shores and I'm almost sure that the two are present on those pictures.

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Nicholas4 10 years ago

Wow! They taste like a clam a little , but more like abalone or Conch. We eat them in Greece also! These are of incredible size.. really good with some lemon or hot sauce.

EdwinTeddyZizak 10 years ago


what does abalone taste like? not able to try without paramedics... :(

auntnance123 10 years ago

Suppose it tastes similar to abalone?

I'm taking patella vulgata

could be Patella vulgata - just a guess

LauraMaria 10 years ago

Wow! These are called limpets, and I didn't know they were sold for food either. Interesting! I'm not sure what kind of limpets they are, but that's the common name for the Patellidae family :)

Funchal, Portugal

Spotted on Sep 25, 2011
Submitted on Oct 27, 2011

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