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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Spiralia
Cladus: Lophotrochozoa
Phylum: Mollusca
Classis: Gastropoda
Subclassis: Patellogastropoda
Superfamilia: Lottioidea

Familia: Acmaeidae
Genera (2 + 1†): AcmaeaRhodopetala – †Marbodaeia

Acmaeidae Forbes, 1850

Type genus: Acmaea Eschscholtz, 1833


Rhodopetalinae Linddberg, 1981

Primary references

Forbes, E. 1850: On the genera of British Patellacea. Report of the 19th meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (Birmingham, 1849). Notices and abstracts of communications: 75-76.


Nakano, T.; Ozawa, T. 2007: Worldwide phylogeography of limpets of the order Patellogastropoda: molecular, morphological and palaeontological evidence. Journal of molluscan studies, 73(1): 79–99. DOI: 10.1093/mollus/eym001


Acmaeidae in the World Register of Marine Species accessed on 2019-08-20

Acmaeidae is a family of sea snails, specifically true limpets, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Lottioidea and the subclass Patellogastropoda (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005). [1]

Listed as valid family in Bouchet & Rocroi (2005) but this classification revised following the molecular phylogeny of Nakano & Ozawa (2007). Acmaeinae, including Erginus, was found to be paraphyletic. However, this synonymy was subsequently found incorrect, having been the result of contaminated samples, and Acmaea mitra and a related species, Niveotectura pallida form a well-supported clade outside of the Lottiidae, and Acmaeidae was re-established.[2]

Acmaea Eschscholtz, 1833
† Marbodaeia Chelot, 1886
† Pseudorhytidopilus Cox, 1960
Rhodopetala Dall, 1921


† Guerangeria Cossmann, 1885 : synonym of † Marbodaeia Chelot, 1886 (preoccupied by Guerangeria Oehlert, 1881 [Bivalvia]; Marbodaeia Chelot, 1886 is a replacement name)
† Marbodeia [sic] : synonym of † Marbodaeia Chelot, 1886 (misspelling in Haber (1932) and others)


Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2014). Acmaeidae Forbes, 1850. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2014-10-31

Nakano, T. & T. Sasaki (2011). "Recent advances in molecular phylogeny, systematics and evolution of patellogastropod limpets". Journal of Molluscan Studies. 77 (3): 203–217. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyr016.

Forbes E. (1850). On the genera of British Patellacea. Report of the 19th meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science [Birmingham, 1849]. Notices and Abstracts of Communication. 75-76.
Lindberg D.L. (1981). Rhodopetalinae, a new subfamily of Acmaeidae from the boreal Pacific: anatomy and systematics. Malacologia. 20(2): 291-305.

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