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In Greek mythology, the Limnads (/ˈlɪmnædz, -nədz/; Greek: Λιμνάδες) or Leimenids (/ˈlmɪnɪdz/; Λειμενίδες) were a type of Naiad.


The Limnads are Naiads that lived in freshwater lakes. Their parents were the Potamoi (river gods) or the lake gods.


The number of Limnads includes but is not limited to:[1]

  1. The Astakides (αι Ἀστακίδες), nymphs of the Lake Astakos in Bithynia[2]
  2. Bolbe (Βόλβη), nymph of a Thessalian lake of the same name, also classed as an Oceanid due to her parentage (daughter of Oceanus and Tethys)
  3. Limnaee (Λιμναία), daughter of the Indian river god Ganges, one of the reputed mothers of Athis[3]
  4. Pallas (Παλλάς, genitive Παλλάδος)[4]
  5. Tritonis (Τριτονίς), nymph of the homonymous salt-water lake in Libya, mother of Nasamon and Caphaurus (or Cephalion) by Amphithemis,[5][6] and, according to an archaic version of the myth, also of Athena by Poseidon.[7]


  1. ^ Theoi Project – List of Nymphs and types of Nymphs
  2. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 15.370 ff
  3. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses 5.47 ff
  4. ^ Bibliotheca 3. 144
  5. ^ Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. 1493 ff
  6. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 14
  7. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. 14. 6