Coxiella (gastropod)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the snail. For the bacteria, see Coxiella (bacterium).
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Rissooidea
Family: Pomatiopsidae
Subfamily: Pomatiopsinae[1]
Genus: Coxiella
E. A. Smith, 1894[2]
10 species

Coxiella is a genus of aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Pomatiopsidae. These snails that live in saline lakes, and have gills and an operculum.


The distribution of genus Coxiella includes Tasmania[3] and Australia: southern Australia, central Australia and northern Queensland.[4]


Davis (1979)[3] recognized 10 species (9 in Australia) and one subrecent species Coxiella badgerensis in Tasmania.[3]

Species within the genus Coxiella include:

subgenus Coxiella

subgenus Coxielladda Iredale & Whitley, 1938[5]


This genus consists of halophilic species which occur in temporal and permanent saline lakes.[4][6]

Coxiella snails are iteroparous.[4] When the saline lake dries out, adults of Coxiella are able to survive.[4]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Smith E. A. (1894). Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 1: 98.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Davis G. M. (1979). "The origin and evolution of the gastropod family Pomatiopsidae, with emphasis on the Mekong river Triculinae". Academy of natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Monograph 20: 1-120. ISBN 978-1-4223-1926-0. at Google Books.
  4. ^ a b c d Williams W. D. & Mellor M. W. (1991). "Ecology of Coxiella (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Prosobranchia), a snail endemic to Australian salt lakes". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 84(1-4): 339-355. doi:10.1016/0031-0182(91)90053-T.
  5. ^ Iredale T. & Whitley (1938). S. Aust. Nat. 18(4): 66.
  6. ^ Kameda Y. & Kato M. (2011). "Terrestrial invasion of pomatiopsid gastropods in the heavy-snow region of the Japanese Archipelago". BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 118. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-118.