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

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Dexiarchia
clade Cladobranchia
clade Euarminida

Superfamily: Arminoidea
Family: Arminidae
Iredale & O'Donoghue, 1923

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  • Diphyllidiidae d'Orbigny, 1841
  • Heterodorididae Verrill & Emerton, 1882
  • Pleuroleuridae Bergh, 1874
  • Pleurophyllidiidae H. Adams & A. Adams, 1854

Arminidae is a family of sea slugs, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Arminoidea.


The Arminidae family is classified within the clade Cladobranchia, itself belonging to the clade Nudibranchia (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).

This family has been renamed several times. It was originally named by d'Orbigny in 1841 as Diphyllidiidae, by H. Adams and A. Adams as Pleurophyllidiidae in 1854, by Bergh as Pleuroleuridae in 1874, by Verrill and Emerton as Heterodorididae in 1882, by P. Fischer as Dermatobranchidae in 1883 and as Atthilidae by Bergh in 1899. The name Arminidae is now in prevailing usage.


The type genus is Armina Rafinesque, 1814

Genera in the family Arminidae include:

Species brought into synonymy 
  • Camarga : synonym of Histiomena Mörch, 1860
  • Diphyllidia : synonym of Armina Rafinesque, 1814
  • Linguella Férussac, 1822: synonym of Armina Rafinesque, 1814
  • Pleuroleura : synonym of Dermatobranchus van Hasselt, 1824
  • Pleurophyllidia : synonym of Armina Rafinesque, 1814


  1. ^ Gofas, S. (2011). Arminidae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-04-30

Further reading[edit]

Two readings about Heterodoris:

  • Willan, R.C. (1981). "A new abyssal arminacean nudibranch from New Zealand". New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 8: 325–330. doi:10.1080/03014223.1981.10430612. 
  • Verrill, A.A. & Emerton, J.H. (1882). "Catalogue of marine mollusca added to the fauna of the New England region during the past 10 years". Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Science. 5 (2): 548–549. 

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