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The Achatinoidea are a superfamily of air-breathing land snails and slugs, terrestrial gastropod mollusks in the informal group Sigmurethra.[1]

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Giant East African Snail, Achatina fulica
Scientific classification

Swainson, 1840

2005 taxonomyEdit

According to taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005 there are four families within the superfamily Achatinoidea,[1] that is based on the study by Nordsieck, published in 1986.[1][2]

2017 taxonomyEdit

Fontanilla et al. recognized Subulinidae as not monophyletic in 2017 and they classified Subulininae within Achatinidae.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Bouchet, Philippe; Rocroi, Jean-Pierre; Frýda, Jiri; Hausdorf, Bernard; Ponder, Winston; Valdés, Ángel & Warén, Anders (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia. Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks. 47 (1–2): 1–397. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997.
  2. ^ Nordsieck H. (1986). "The system of the Stylommatophora (Gastropoda), with special regard to the systematic position of the Clausiliidae, II. Importance of the shell and distribution". Archiv für Molluskenkunde. 117 (1–3): 93–116.. abstract.
  3. ^ Fontanilla, Ian Kendrich; Naggs, Fred; Wade, Christopher Mark (2017). "Molecular phylogeny of the Achatinoidea (Mollusca: Gastropoda)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 114: 382–385. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.06.014. PMID 28647619.
  4. ^ a b c Rosenberg, G. (2011). Achatinoidea Swainson, 1840. In: MolluscaBase (2017). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2018-01-01

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