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Euspira lewisii 3.jpg
Live specimen of Neverita lewisii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Naticoidea
Family: Naticidae
Subfamily: Polinicinae
Genus: Lunatia
Gray, 1847
Type species
Natica ampullaria Lamarck, 1822

Lunatia is a genus of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Naticidae, the moon snails.[1]

The species in this genus have been brought in synonymy mostly with Euspira

Torigoe & Inaba (2011) provided a rather arbitrary assignment of species to respectively Euspira and Lunatia and this has been at one time uploaded in the WoRMS classification. However this is not based on any in-depth phylogenetic analysis and has proved inconsistent when some closely related European species (e.g. Euspira guillemini, E. macilenta) were then not congeneric. Until a substantiated phylogenetic hypothesis is published for the group, Lunatia is here considered a junior subjective synonym of Euspira and all the species accepted under Euspira, following in this Marincowich (1977), Kabat (1991) and the Malacolog database.[1]


Species within the genus Lunatia include:


  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Lunatia. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-07-12
  • Backeljau, T. (1986). Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België [List of the recent marine molluscs of Belgium]. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp.
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp.

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