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Three views of a shell of Oreohelix subrudis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Punctoidea
Family: Oreohelicidae
Pilsbry, 1939

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Oreohelicidae is a family of small to medium-sized air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Punctoidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).


In this family, the number of haploid chromosomes lies between 31 and 35 (according to the values in this table).[1]

Oreohelix, the type genus, is ovoviviparous. Radiocentrum, a subgenus of Oreohelix, is oviparous(Tompa, 1979).[2] The group as a whole generally lacks any apertural barriers or teeth and displays wide variety of shell morphologies (Burke & Leonard 2014).[3]


The family Oreohelicidae has no subfamilies.

The type genus is Oreohelix Pilsbry, 1904.

Genera within the family Oreohelicidae include:


  1. ^ Barker G. M.: Gastropods on Land: Phylogeny, Diversity and Adaptive Morphology. in Barker G. M. (ed.): The biology of terrestrial molluscs. CABI Publishing, Oxon, UK, 2001, ISBN 0-85199-318-4. 1-146, cited pages: 139 and 142.
  2. ^ http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00852988.1979.10673920
  3. ^ https://muse.jhu.edu/book/24534

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