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Dorcasia alexandri Gray, 1838
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Acavoidea
Family: Dorcasiidae
Connolly, 1915[1]

Dorcasiidae is a family of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Acavoidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).[2]

The family Dorcasiidae has no subfamilies.[2]


Found in southern Africa.[3]


Genera within the family Dorcasiidae include:


  1. ^ Connolly M. (1915). "Notes on South African Mollusca". Annals of the South African Museum 13: 99-178. plates 2-4. Page 120, 134.
  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 Gess F. W. & Gess S. K. (1999). "The use by wasps, bees and spiders of shells of Trigonephrus Pilsb. (Mollusca: Gasteropoda: Dorcasiidae) in desertic winter-rainfall areas in southern Africa". Journal of Arid Environments 43(2): 143-153. doi:10.1006/jare.1999.0549.

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