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Short description: Superfamily of gastropods

Amphibola crenata shell.jpg
A drawing of the shell and operculum of Amphibola crenata
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Subcohort: Panpulmonata
Superfamily: Amphiboloidea
J. E. Gray, 1840
15 species

Amphiboloidea is a taxonomic superfamily of air-breathing land snails.


Amphibolids are found in Indo-Pacific intertidal mangrove, saltmarsh and estuarine mudflat habitats.[1]


2005 taxonomy

According to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda (Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005), it is a superfamily in the informal group Basommatophora, within the Pulmonata.[2]

This superfamily has contained only one family, the Amphibolidae.[2]

2007 taxonomy

Golding et al. (2007)[1] have established new families:

2010 taxonomy

Basommatophora (Siphonarioidea and Amphiboloidea and Hygrophila) have been found polyphyletic and so Jörger et al. (2010)[3] have moved Amphiboloidea to Panpulmonata.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Golding R. E., Ponder W. F. & Byrne M. (2007). "Taxonomy and anatomy of Amphiboloidea (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Archaeopulmonata)". Zootaxa 1476: 1-50. abstract.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bouchet, Philippe; Rocroi, Jean-Pierre; Frýda, Jiri; Hausdorf, Bernard; Ponder, Winston; Valdés, Ángel; Warén, Anders (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia (Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks) 47 (1-2): 1–397. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 
  3. Jörger K. M., Stöger I., Kano Y., Fukuda H., Knebelsberger T. & Schrödl M. (2010). "On the origin of Acochlidia and other enigmatic euthyneuran gastropods, with implications for the systematics of Heterobranchia". BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 323. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-323.

Further reading

  • Golding R. E., Byrne M., Ponder W. F. (2008) "Novel copulatory structures and reproductive functions in Amphiboloidea (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Pulmonata)". Invertebrate Biology 127(2): 168–180 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7410.2007.00120.x

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