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Temporal range: Paleocene-recent
Gastrocopta huttoniana and Gastrocopta theeli (10.3897-zookeys.807.29113) Figures 2–5.jpg
Shells of Gastrocopta huttoniana and Gastrocopta theeli
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order: Stylommatophora
Superfamily: Pupilloidea
Family: Gastrocoptidae
Pilsbry, 1918
  • Gastrocoptinae
  • Hypselostomatinae

Hypselostomatidae Zilch, 1959

Gastrocoptidae is a family of minute, air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs in the superfamily Pupilloidea.[1][2]


The distribution of the Gastrocoptidae is nearly worldwide, although family is extinct in Europe since Pleistocene, except one species in Northern Caucasus. In fossil record from Paleocene.


For some time was considered as a subfamily in Vertiginidae, some species of these two families are very similar by the shell's characters.

Genera in the family Gastrocoptidae include:

Subfamily Gastrocoptinae Pilsbry, 1918

Subfamily Hypselostomatinae Zilch, 1959 - distributed mainly in Southeastern Asia and Australia


  1. ^ Philippe Bouchet, Jean-Pierre Rocroi, Bernhard Hausdorf, Andrzej Kaim, Yasunori Kano, Alexander Nützel, Pavel Parkhaev, Michael Schrödl and Ellen E. Strong. 2017. Revised Classification, Nomenclator and Typification of Gastropod and Monoplacophoran Families. Malacologia, 61(1-2): 1-526.
  2. ^ MolluscaBase eds. (2020). MolluscaBase. Gastrocoptidae Pilsbry, 1918. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2020-05-02
  3. ^ a b Balashov I.A. & Perkovsky E.E. 2020. An Eocene land snail Balticopta gusakovi gen.n., sp.n. (Stylommatophora: Gastrocoptidae) from Baltic amber // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.17. No.1: 18–24.
  4. ^ Harzhauser M., Neubauer T.A., Georgopoulou E., Harl J. 2014. The Early Miocene (Burdigalian) mollusc fauna of the North Bohemian Lake (Most Basin) // Bulletin of Geosciences. Vol.89. No.4. P.819–908.]
  5. ^ Páll-Gergely, B.; Jochum, A.; Asami, T. (2017). Three new species and a new genus of Hypselostomatidae (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from Cong Troi Cave, Northern Vietnam. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. 63(3): 327-341.


  • Pilsbry H.A. 1916–1918. Manual of Conchology. Second Series: Pulmonata, 24. Pupillidae (Gastrocoptinae). Philadelphia: Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 380 p.
  • Pilsbry H.A., Cooke C.M. 1918–1920. Manual of Conchology. Second Series: Pulmonata, 25. Pupillidae (Gastrocoptinae, Vertigininae). Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Philadelphia. 401 pp.
  • Schileyko A.A. 1998. Treatise on Recent Terrestrial Pulmonate Molluscs. Part 2: Gastrocoptidae, Hypselostomatidae, Vertiginidae, Truncatellinidae, Pachnodidae, Enidae, Sagdidae // Ruthenica. Suppl.2. P.129–261.