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Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca$
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Winston Ponder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250925

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250925.001.0001

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(p.297) 12 Vetigastropoda
Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Daniel L. Geiger

Alexander N¨tzel

Takenori Sasaki

University of California Press

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

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