Cepolidae (gastropods)

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Cepolis alauda shells
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
Superfamily: Helicoidea
Family: Cepolidae
Ihering, 1909[1]

Cepolidae is a family of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Helicoidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).


Distribution of Cepolidae include Nearctic and Caribbean.[2]


This family is defined by the absence of the diverticulum. Snails in this family have one dart apparatus, and one mucus gland on top of the dart sac. The sheath of the dart apparatus has two glands.[citation needed]


This family is placed within the clade Stylommatophora within the clade Eupulmonata (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).[3] In many textbooks and on many websites however this family is listed as the subfamily Cepolinae within the family Helminthoglyptidae.

The name Cepolidae Ihering, 1909 is a homonym for the family Cepolidae Rafinesque, 1815 (based on Cepola Linnaeus, 1766) a family of bandfishes in the superfamily Cepoloidea within the order Perciformes.


Genera within the family Cepolidae include:


  1. ^ Ihering H. von (1909). Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 59: 429.
  2. ^ Hausdorf B. (2000). "Biogeography of the Limacoidea sensu lato (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora): Vicariance Events and Long-Distance Dispersal". Journal of Biogeography 27(2): 379-390. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2699.2000.00403.x, JSTOR.
  3. ^ a b 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. 

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