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Pleurodonte bainbridgii.jpg
1868 painting of Pleurodonte bainbridgii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
Superfamily: Helicoidea
Family: Pleurodontidae
Ihering, 1912

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  • Lucerninae Swainson, 1840
  • Lampadiidae Winckworth, 1945
  • Solaropsidae H. Nordsieck, 1986
  • Caracolinae Cuezzo, 2003

Pleurodontidae is a family of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Helicoidea.

This family is classified within the clade Stylommatophora within the clade Eupulmonata (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).[1] This family has no subfamilies.[1]

The family Pleurodontidae includes some American taxa that used to be included within the Australasian family Camaenidae, a taxon whose monophyly was in doubt.


Pleurodontids are defined by a missing diverticulum. However the diverticulum is partially present in the genus Solaropsis. The stimulatory organ is equally missing. However, Solaropsis has in part a penial stimulator and a divided penis retractor muscle.


Genera within this family include:


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ a b c Schileyko A. A. (2006). "Treatise on recent terrestrial pulmonate molluscs. Part 13. Helicidae, Pleurodontidae, Polygyridae, Ammonitellidae, Oreohelicidae, Thysanophoridae". Ruthenica Suppl. 2: 1765-1906.
  3. ^ Breure A. S. H. (2010). "The rediscovery of a semi-slug: Coloniconcha prima Pilsbry, 1933 (Gastropoda, Pleurodontidae) from Hispaniola". Basteria 74(4-6): 78-86.
  4. ^ Mónica Lucía Vera Ardila (2008). "Lista de los géneros de moluscos terrestres de Colombia (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Prosobranchia: Mesogastropoda y Pulmonata: Stylommatophora)" (PDF). Biota Colombiana. 9 (1): 39–62. 
  5. ^ a b Rosenberg G. & Muratov I. V. (2006). "Status Report on the Terrestrial Mollusca of Jamaica" Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 155(1): 117-161. doi:10.1635/i0097-3157-155-1-117.1.

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