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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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Heterobranchia II: The Pulmonata

Heterobranchia II: The Pulmonata

(p.409) 15 Heterobranchia II: The Pulmonata
Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Peter Mordan

Christopher Wade

University of California Press

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

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