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Heterobranchia II: The Pulmonata

Peter Mordan and Christopher Wade

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250925.003.0015
Heterobranchia II: The Pulmonata

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This chapter focuses on the Pulmonata, gastropods belonging to the clade Heterobranchia. It explains that the pulmonates include the large majority of land snails and slugs, as well as many freshwater snails and a few small families of estuarine and shallow-water marine slugs and snails. It provides a summary of major taxonomic groupings within Pulmonata including their habitat, number of species, and earliest fossil record. It also outlines future directions of research in order to better understand the Pulmonata phylogeny.

Keywords: Pulmonata; Heterobranchia; gastropods; snails; slugs; habitat; fossil record; taxonomic groupings; phylogeny

Chapter.  9123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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