|A live but partially retracted individual of Onchidella sp.|
|A live and active individual of Onchidella nigricans|
Peroniidae Keferstein, 1865
Onchidiidae are a family of small, air-breathing sea (and land) slugs. They are shell-less marine (except of 5 species) pulmonate gastropod molluscs. Onchidiidae is the only family within the superfamily Onchidioidea.
These animals are quite unusual in that they are emphatically not opisthobranchs with gills, as are almost all of the sea slugs. Instead these creatures are pulmonates. They are more closely related to air-breathing land and freshwater snails and slugs than they are to most other sea snails and sea slugs.
This family has no subfamilies (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).
Adult onchidiids lack a shell, although a shell and operculum is present at the larval stage. The mantle cavity is reduced to the point of absence, correlating with a loss of gills, raphes, and other characters usually found in the mantle cavity. The organism is completely detorted.
Most of the species in this family are marine and are found in the intertidal zone on rocky coasts. However, two species live in brackish water and three are terrestrial.
Onchidium typhae (India) and Labbella ajuthiae (synonym in literature: Elophilus ajuthiae) (Thailand) are the only two species in the Onchidiidae that live in brackish water. They can also live in freshwater.
Oncis ponsonbyi (synonym in literature: Platevindex ponsonbyi) and Semperoncis montana (synonym in literature: Platevindex apoikistes and Semperella montana) are the only terrestrial species in the Onchidiidae. They live in high-elevation rainforests in Borneo and the Philippines.
All these slugs breathe air. The marine ones breathe and move around and feed during low tide, when the water recedes and the slugs are exposed to the air.
Genera in the family Onchidiidae include:
- Buchanania Lesson, 1831
- Hoffmannola Strand, 1932
- Labbella Starobogatov, 1976
- Lessonina Starobogatov, 1976
- Onchidella Gray, 1850
- Onchidina Semper, 1885
- Onchidium Buchanan, 1800 - type genus
- Onchis Férussac, 1821
- Paraoncidium Labbé, 1934
- Paraperonia Labbé, 1934
- Peronia Fleming, 1822
- Peronina Plate, 1893
- Quoya Labbé, 1934
- Scaphis Labbé, 1934
- Semperoncis Starobogatov, 1976
- Synonymized genera
- Arctonchis Dall, 1910 : synonym of Onchidella J. E. Gray, 1850
- Elophilus Labbé, 1935 : synonym of Labbella Starobogatov, 1970
- Eudrastus Gistel, 1848 : synonym of Peronia Fleming, 1822
- Occidentella Hoffmann, 1929 : synonym of Onchidella J. E. Gray, 1850
- Peroniella Starobogatov, 1976 : synonym of Onchidella J. E. Gray, 1850
- Platevindex Baker, 1938 : synonym of Oncis Plate, 1893
- Quoyella Starobogatov, 1976 : synonym of Quoya Labbé, 1934
- Semperella Labbé, 1934 : synonym of Semperoncis
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