Pupillidae is a family of mostly minute, air-breathing, land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks or micromollusks in the superfamily Pupilloidea.

Temporal range: Paleocene–Recent[1]
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A right side view of a live Pupilla muscorum
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Six shells of Pupilla muscorum. The scale bar is in mm.
Scientific classification

Turton, 1831[2]
  • Pupinae Flemming, 1828 (inv.)
  • Pupoididae Iredale, 1939

This family has no subfamilies (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).[3]


Pupoides marginatus is endemic to Cuba.[4] The type genus, Pupilla, in direct contrast, has numerous living and extinct species found in Europe, Northern Africa, and North America.


In this family, the number of haploid chromosomes lies between 26 and 30 (according to the values in this table).[5]


Genera within the family Pupillidae include:


  1. ^ "Family summary for Pupillidae". AnimalBase, accessed 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ Turton W. (1831). A manual of the land and freshwater shells of the British Islands. 152 pp., 9, plates. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Greene, London.8: 97. (original spelling: Pupilladae.)
  3. ^ a b c d 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.
  4. ^ a b c "Mollusca" Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Diversidad Biológica Cubana, accessed 23 March 2011.
  5. ^ Barker G. M.: Gastropods on Land: Phylogeny, Diversity and Adaptive Morphology. in Barker G. M. (ed.): The biology of terrestrial molluscs. CABI Publishing, Oxon, UK, 2001, ISBN 0-85199-318-4. 1-146, cited pages: 139 and 142.
  6. ^ Sterkia clementina. NatureServe Explorer, accessed 1 August 2010.

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