Pseudococculinidae

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Pseudococculinidae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Lepetelloidea
Family: Pseudococculinidae
Hickman CS, 1983 [1]

Pseudococculinidae is a family of small sea snails or false limpets, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Lepetelloidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005). [2]

This family has no subfamilies. The species in this family are hermaphroditic. They can be found from sublittoral to hadal depths.

Description[edit]

The shells are small (less than 6 mm), thin and translucent. The protoconch shows a long, narrow apical fold. Its microscopic sculpture is smooth with fine threads. The asymmetrical radula shows a broad, rachidian tooth that lacks a cusp, four inner lateral teeth, a large pluricuspid tooth, and numerous marginal teeth.

Soft body: the right tentacle is generally modified into a copulatory organ. [3]

Genera[edit]

Genera in the family Pseudococculinidae include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hickman CS 1983. Radular patterns, systematics, diversity, and ecology of deep-sea limpets. The Veliger 26: 73-92.
  2. ^ Gofas, S. (2012). Pseudococculinidae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=23106 on 2013-02-09
  3. ^ José H. Leal and M. G. Harasewych, Deepest Atlantic Molluscs: Hadal Limpets (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Cocculiniformia) from the Northern Boundary of the Caribbean Plate, Invertebrate Biology, Vol. 118, No. 2 p. 127
  4. ^ Haszprunar (1988). Zool. Ser. 17(2): 177.
  5. ^ Pilus Waren, 1991.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 11 April 2010.
  • Marshall B.A. (1986 ["1985"]) Recent and Tertiary Cocculinidae and Pseudococculinidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from New Zealand and New South Wales. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 12: 505-546.