Stephanie W. Aktipis, Gonzalo Giribet, David R. Lindberg and Winston F. Ponder

in Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250925
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933705 | DOI:

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This chapter presents an overview and analysis of the phylogeny and evolution of the molluscan class Gastropoda. It explains that Gastropoda is the largest molluscan class and it contains the greatest diversity of described marine species. Estimates of the numbers of extant gastropod species range from a minimum of 40,000 to a maximum of almost 150,000. It describes the gastropod morphology and their significance to humans and provides a summary of the key features of major groups of gastropods.

Keywords: Gastropoda; phylogeny; evolution; molluscan class; marine species; morphology

Chapter.  17880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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