Siphonariidae

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Siphonariidae
Siphonaria zelandica.JPG
Dorsal view of a shell of Siphonaria zelandica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
Superfamily: Siphonarioidea
Family: Siphonariidae
J. E. Gray, 1840
Synonyms[1]
  • Liriolidae
  • Siphonacmeidae
Ventral view of a shell of Siphonaria zelandica showing the siphonal groove on the right

Siphonariidae is a taxonomic family of small to medium-sized air-breathing sea snails, marine and brackish water pulmonate gastropod molluscs. These snails are sometimes known as "false limpets" because of the shape of the shell, but they are not at all closely related to true limpets.

Shell description[edit]

Empty siphonariid limpet shells can be distinguished from true limpet shells by examining the interior. In the siphonariids there is a well-marked lateral groove on the right side of the shell, and a corresponding interruption of the ring of muscle attachment scars. These markers show the positioning of the pneumostome or pulmonary orifice.

Genera[edit]

Genera in the family Siphonariidae include:

Genera brought into synonymy
  • Allerya Mörch, 1877: synonym of Williamia Monterosato, 1884
  • Brondelia Bourguignat, 1862: synonym of Williamia Monterosato, 1884
  • Ductosiphonaria Hubendick, 1945: synonym of Siphonaria Sowerby I, 1823
  • Kerguelenia Mabille & Rochebrune, 1889: synonym of Kerguelenella Powell, 1946
  • Liriola Dall, 1870: synonym of Siphonaria Sowerby I, 1823
  • Mouretus Blainville, 1824: synonym of Siphonaria Sowerby I, 1823
  • Parascutum Cossmann, 1890: synonym of Williamia Monterosato, 1884
  • Roya Iredale, 1912: synonym of Williamia Monterosato, 1884
  • Scutulum Monterosato, 1877: synonym of Williamia Monterosato, 1884

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bouchet, P. (2011). Siphonariidae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=23118 on 2011-02-08
  2. ^ a b "Siphonariidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  3. ^ Bouchet P., Rocroi J.-P., Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdés Á. & Warén A. (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology (Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks) 47 (1-2): 1–397. ISBN 3925919724. ISSN 0076-2997. 

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