Daniel L. Geiger, Alexander N¨tzel and Takenori Sasaki

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 investigates the evolution and phylogeny of the gastropod clade of Vetigastropoda. It explains that Vetigastropoda, introduced in 1980, is a clade of basal marine snails that include abalone, keyhole limpets, and slit shells. It provides a summary of the major groups within Vetigastropoda including their key characters and morphological features. It highlights the importance of a multilevel approach consisting of museum studies combining new field collecting and live observations to improve understanding of the Vetigastropoda phylogeny.

Keywords: Vetigastropoda; phylogeny; evolution; basal marine snails; abalone; keyhole limpets; slit shells; morphological features; museum studies

Chapter.  16072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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