Septaria (gastropod)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Neritimorpha
clade Cycloneritimorpha
Superfamily: Neritoidea
Family: Neritidae
Subfamily: Neritinae
Tribe: Neritinini
Genus: Septaria
Férussac, 1803[1]
Type species
Patella borbonica Saint-Vincent, 1803

Navicella Lamarck, 1816
Stenopoma Gray, 1868

Septaria is a genus of freshwater and brackish water snails, gastropod mollusks in the family Neritidae.[1][2] These superficially limpet-like snails are native to the Indo-Pacific region.[3] Most species are found in rivers and streams, mainly fast-flowing, but two (S. livida and S. tesselata; sometimes in their own subgenus Navicella) live in brackish coastal waters and the lower tidal section of rivers and streams.[3] Their eggs are attached to hard surfaces such as stones. After hatching, many veligers avoid being swept away by the current by swimming close to the bottom, but it is speculated that some flow downstream into the sea only to return to freshwater later.[3] The shell length of these snails is up to 3.3 cm (1.3 in), but there are some size variations depending on exact species.[3]


Species within the genus Septaria include:

Several additional species have been described, but are now considered synonyms.[3] Species brought into synonymy include:

  • Septaria suborbicularis (G. B. Sowerby I, 1825): synonym of Septaria porcellana (Linnaeus, 1758)


  1. ^ a b c Septaria .  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c (file created 29 July 2010) FRESH WATER MOLLUSCAN SPECIES IN INDIA. 11 pp. accessed 31 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Haynes A. (2001). "A revision of the genus Septaria FÉRUSSAC, 1803 (Gastropoda: Neritimorpha)". Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien 103B: 177-229. PDF.
  4. ^ Septaria borbonica (Saint-Vincent, 1803).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 4 May 2010.
  5. ^ Brown D. S. (1994). Freshwater Snails of Africa and their Medical Importance. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-7484-0026-5.

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