Notodiaphana fragilis

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Notodiaphana fragilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Lower Heterobranchia
clade Architectibranchia[1]
Family: Notodiaphanidae
Thiele, 1931[2]
Genus: Notodiaphana
Thiele, 1917[3]
Species: N. fragilis
Binomial name
Notodiaphana fragilis
Vélain, 1877[citation needed]

Notodiaphana fragilis is a species of marine snail, gastropod mollusk in the clade Architectibranchia.[1]

Notodiaphana fragilis is the only species in the genus Notodiaphana.[citation needed] Genus Notodiaphana is the only genus in the family Notodiaphanidae.[1]

It has been classified in the superfamily Diaphanoidea.[4]

Shell description[edit]

The little-known species have small, flimsy, almost globular shells, known as paper bubble shells.

The shell is minute, thin, fragile, colorless to translucent, and usually less than 5 mm in size. The overall shape is ovate, pear-shaped, and bulbous. There is a sunken apex.[citation needed]

The shells resemble those of the genus Haminoea.[citation needed]


The distribution of Notodiaphana fragilis includes the Indian Ocean.[citation needed]


This species occur in the sublitoral to abyssal zones.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Malaquias M. A. E., Dodds J. M., Bouchet P. & Reid D. G. (2009). "A molecular phylogeny of the Cephalaspidea sensu lato (Gastropoda: Euthyneura): Architectibranchia redefined and Runcinacea reinstated". Zoologica Scripta 38(1): 23-41. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00354.x.
  2. ^ Thiele J. (1931). Handbuch der systematischen Weichtierkunde 1(2): 383.
  3. ^ Thiele J. (1917). Nachrbl. dtsch. malakozool. Ges. 49: 23.
  4. ^ 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 reafing[edit]

  • Bois-Reymond Marcus, E. D. (1976). "A taxonomic survey of the genus Toledonia Dall, 1902 (Opistobranchia, Diaphanidae)". Zoologica Scripta 5: 25-33