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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Lower Heterobranchia
clade Architectibranchia

Haszprunar, 1985[1]

Architectibranchia is a clade of marine snails, gastropod mollusks.

It has been originally established containing the superfamilies Acteonoidea, Ringiculoidea, and Diaphanoidea.[2][3]

2005 taxonomy[edit]

Architectibranchia has not been used in the taxonomy by Bouchet & Rocroi (2005)[2] and this taxon name has been listed as an available name.[2]

2009 taxonomy[edit]

Clade Architectibranchia has been reinstated by Malaquias et al. in 2009[4] and they have limited the taxon to Acteonoidea and Ringiculoidea.[3]

There are five[4] families within the clade Architectibranchia and they include:

2010 taxonomy[edit]

Taxon Architectibranchia is not expicitely mentioned in the molecular analysis by Jörger et al. (2010).[5] Some of its members has been included: Acteonoidea have been moved to Lower Heterobranchia.[5]


  1. ^ Haszprunar G. (1985). Zeitschrift für Systematik und Evolutionsforschung 23(1): 30, 32.
  2. ^ a b c 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 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 
  3. ^ a b Gofas, S. (2010). Architectibranchia. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2010-12-26
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Malaquias M. A. E., Dodds J. M., Bouchet P. & Reid D. G. (2009). "A molecular phylogeny of the Cephalaspidea sensu lato (Gastropoda: Euthyneura): Architectibranchia redefined and Runcinacea reinstated". Zoologica Scripta 38(1): 23-41. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00354.x.
  5. ^ a b Jörger K. M., Stöger I., Kano Y., Fukuda H., Knebelsberger T. & Schrödl M. (2010). "On the origin of Acochlidia and other enigmatic euthyneuran gastropods, with implications for the systematics of Heterobranchia". BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 323. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-323.