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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: Heterobranchia
Infraclassis: Euthyneura
Cohors: Tectipleura
Subcohors: Panpulmonata
Superordo: Eupulmonata
Ordo: Stylommatophora
Subordo: Helicina
Infraordo: Pupilloidei
Superfamilia: Pupilloidea

Familia: Vertiginidae
Subfamiliae (2): Nesopupinae - Vertigininae

Genera Incertae sedis (4): †Acmopupa – †Propupa – †Pseudelix – †Tetoripupa
Overview of genera (16 + 9†)

Afripupa – BothriopupaCostigoCylindrovertillaHelenopupaIndopupaLyropupaNearctulaNesopupaNesopupariaNesopupillaNesoropupaPronesopupaStaurodon – Sterkia – Vertigo – †Acmopupa – †Glandicula – †Minacilla – †Negulopsis – †Paracraticula – †Propupa – †Pseudelix – †Tetoripupa – †Trigonopupa

Vertiginidae Fitzinger, 1833

Fitzinger, L.I. 1833. Systematisches Verzeichniss der im Erzherzogthume Oesterreich vorkommenden Weichthiere, als Prodrom einer Fauna desselben. Beiträge zur Landeskunde Oesterreich's unter der Enns 3: 109.
Bouchet, P. & J.-P. Rocroi. 2005. Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia 47(1-2): 265.


Vertiginidae in the World Register of Marine Species

Vernacular names
polski: poczwarówkowate

Vertiginidae, common name the whorl snails, is a family of minute, air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs or micromollusks in the superfamily Pupilloidea.[2]


The distribution of the Vertiginidae is in the Northern Hemisphere: North America (60 species), Eurasia (30 species), North and central Africa (3-5 species).[1] That gives a total of approximately 93-95 species.

Snails in this family inhabit habitats ranging from forests to semi-open and open habitats with various different kinds of substrate cover, vegetation and humidity.[1] They feed on microflora - bacteria and fungi - growing on dead and living plants.[1]

The following three subfamilies were recognized in the taxonomy of Bouchet & Rocroi (2005):[2]

Subfamily Vertigininae Fitzinger, 1833
Tribe Vertiginini Fitzinger, 1833
Tribe Truncatellinini Steenberg, 1925 - synonyms: Truncatellininae; Columellinae Schileyko, 1998 - raised in 2016 to family level Truncatellinidae
Subfamily Gastrocoptinae Pilsbry, 1918 - synonyms: Hypselostomatinae Zilch, 1959; Aulacospirinae Zilch, 1959
Subfamily Nesopupinae Steenberg, 1925 - synonym: Cylindrovertillidae Iredale, 1940


Genera in the family Vertiginidae include:

Subfamily Vertigininae

Tribe Vertiginini

Vertigo O. F. Müller, 1773 - the type genus of the family Vertiginidae[2]

Subfamily Nesopupinae

Bothriopupa Pilsbry, 1898[3]
Bothriopupa tenuidens (C. B. Adams, 1845)[3]
Costigo O. Boettger, 1891
Cylindrovertilla O. Boettger, 1881[2]
Glandicula F. Sandberger, 1875 †
Helenopupa Pilsbry & C. M. Cooke, 1920
Indopupa Pilsbry & C. M. Cooke, 1920
Insulipupa Pilsbry & C. M. Cooke, 1920
Lyropupa Pilsbry, 1900
Minacilla H. Nordsieck, 2014 †
Negulopsis H. Nordsieck, 2014 †
Nesopupa Pilsbry, 1900 - the type genus of the subfamily Nesopupinae[2]
Nesopuparia Pilsbry, 1926
Nesopupilla Pilsbry & C. M. Cooke, 1920
Nesoropupa Gargominy, 2008
Paracraticula Oppenheim, 1890 †
Pronesopupa Iredale, 1913
Trigonopupa H. Nordsieck, 2014 †
Staurodon Lowe, 1852: synonym of Vertigo O. F. Müller, 1773

Subfamily ?

Acmopupa O. Boettger, 1889 †
Propupa Stworzewicz & Pokryszko, 2006 †
Pseudelix O. Boettger, 1889 †
Tetoripupa Isaji, 2010 †
Sterkia Pilsbry, 1898: synonym of Vertigo O. F. Müller, 1773


This article incorporates public domain text from the reference.[1]

Family summary for Vertiginidae. AnimalBase, last modified 03-09-2006, accessed 23 June 2009.
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.
"Mollusca" Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Diversidad Biológica Cubana, accessed 23 March 2011.

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