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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Acochlidiacea
clade Microhedylacea
Family: Asperspinidae
Rankin, 1979
Genus: Asperspina
Rankin, 1979 [1]
5 species
  • Anademaria Rankin, 1979
  • Antemnella Rankin, 1979
  • Minicheviellidae Starobogatov, 1983
  • Minicheviella Starobogatov, 1983

Asperspina is a genus of sea slugs, marine gastropod mollusks within the clade Acochlidiacea.


Asperspinidae has been listed as a synonym of Parhedylidae in the taxonomy of Bouchet & Rocroi (2005).[3]

Sensu Schrödl & Neusser (2010)[2] is Asperspina is the only genus in the family Asperspinidae.[2] Minicheviellidae is a junior synonym of Asperspinidae.[2]


Species within the genus Asperspina include:


  1. ^ Rankin, Jessie J. (1979). "A freshwater shell-less Mollusc from the Caribbean: Structure, biotics and contribution to a new understanding of the Acochlidioidea". Life Sciences Contributions, Royal Ontario Museum. 116: 1–123, at 103. Retrieved Jun 19, 2016.  Uploaded by Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Schrödl M. & Neusser T. P. (2010). "Towards a phylogeny and evolution of Acochlidia (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 124-154. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00544.x.
  3. ^ 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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Heartless and primitive? 3D reconstruction of the polar acochlidian gastropod Asperspina murmanica". doi:10.1111/j.1463-6395.2008.00342.x
  • Hochberg R. (2007). "Serotonin-like Immunoreactivity in the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems of the Interstitial Acochlidean Asperspina sp. (Opisthobranchia)". Biological Bulletin 213: 43-54. HTM.