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Bostryx turritus.png
A live individual of Bostryx turritus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
Superfamily: Orthalicoidea
Family: Bulimulidae
Subfamily: Bostrycinae
Genus: Bostryx

Bostryx is a genus of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Bulimulidae.[2]


Previously this genus was placed within the Orthalicidae.[3]

Bostryx sensu stricto is the type genus of the subfamily Bostrycinae,[2] but some species of Bostryx sensu lato are placed within Bulimulinae.[2] There is need further research to elucidate which subgenera belong to which subfamily.[2]


There are 29 species from the genus Bostryx in Chile[4] and numerous species in other countries.


They are living under stones and on cacti.[4]

Bostryx feeds on lichens.[4]


Species in the genus Bostryx include:

Bostryx sensu stricto

Bostryx sensu lato

other Bostryx species:


  1. ^ Troschel F. H. (1847). "Zwei neue Peruanische Schnecken". Zeitschrift Malakozoologie 4: 49-52. page 49.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Breure A. S. H. & Romero P. (2012). "Support and surprises: molecular phylogeny of the land snail superfamily Orthalicoidea using a three-locus gene analysis with a divergence time analysis and ancestral area reconstruction (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora)". Archiv für Molluskenkunde: International Journal of Malacology 141(1): 1-20. doi:10.1127/arch.moll/1869-0963/141/001-020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Breure A. S. H. & Mogollón Avila V. (2010). "Well-known and little-known: miscellaneous notes on Peruvian Orthalicidae (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora)". Zoologische Mededelingen 84. HTM.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af (created 27 December 2008) "Chilean Orthalicidae". 12 pp. accessed 27 December 2010.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Bostryx at Wikimedia Commons