The family Pomatiidae is a taxonomic family of small operculate land snails, terrestrial gastropod mollusks that can be found over the warmer parts of the Old World. In the older literature, this family is designated as Pomatiasidae.

This family is a lineage closely related to the Littorinidae (periwinkles) common in coastal habitat. They have adapted to terrestrial life and are thus sometimes called "land winkles".[1]

They are defined by a chalky operculum at the rear end of the body, the shape of their thick shell and their mouth and a characteristic spiral sculpture. The sexes are separate and can sometimes be recognised because the female shell is slightly larger than the male shell.


According to the Taxonomy of the Gastropoda (Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005), the family Pomatiidae consists of two subfamilies:[2]

  • subfamily Pomatiinae Newton, 1891 (1828) - synonyms: Cyclostomatidae Menke, 1828; Cyclotopsinae Kobelt & Möllendorff, 1898; Ericiidae Wenz, 1915
  • subfamily Annulariinae Henderson & Bartsch, 1920[3]
    • tribe Annulariini Henderson & Bartsch, 1920 - synonyms: Licininae Gray, 1857; Chondropomatinae Henderson & Bartsch, 1920
    • tribe Adamsiellini Henderson & Bartsch, 1920
    • tribe Choanopomatini Thiele, 1929
    • tribe Cistulopsini H. B. Baker, 1924 - synonym: Cistulinae L. Pfeiffer, 1858
    • tribe Rhytidopomatini Henderson & Bartsch, 1920


Genera within the family Pomatiidae include:

subfamily Pomatiinae

subfamily Annulariinae

(to be sorted to tribes)

tribe Annulariini

tribe Adamsiellini

  • Adamsiella L. Pfeiffer, 1851 - type genus of the tribe Adamsiellini[2]

tribe Choanopomatini

  • Choanopoma L. Pfeiffer, 1847 - type genus of the tribe Choanopomatini[2]

tribe Cistulopsini

tribe Rhytidopomatini

to be sorted to subfamilies:


  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Bouchet P., Rocroi J.-P., Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdés Á. & Warén A. (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology (Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks) 47 (1-2): 1–397. ISBN 3925919724. ISSN 0076-2997. 
  3. ^ Henderson J. B. Jr. & Bartsch P. (1920). "A classification of the American operculate land mollusks of the family Annulariidae". Proceedings of the United States National Museum 58: 49-82. page 54.
  4. ^ "Genus summary for Leonia". AnimalBase, accessed 28 march 2011.
  5. ^ "Genus summary for Tudorella". AnimalBase, accessed 28 march 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d Watters G. T. (2012). "Hispaniolan Annulariidae (Gastropoda), primarily from the Barahona Peninsula: new taxa and notes". The Nautilus 126: 1-14.
  7. ^ a b Dall W. H. (1905). "An arrangement of the American Cyclostomatidae, with a revision of the nomenclature". Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 6: 208-210.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au "Mollusca". Diversidad Biológica Cubana, accessed 23 March 2011.
  9. ^ Robinson D. G., Hovestadt A., Fields A. & Breure A. S. H. (July 2009). "The land Mollusca of Dominica (Lesser Antilles), with notes on some enigmatic or rare species". Zoologische Mededelingen 83

Further reading[edit]

  • Bartsch P. (1946). "The operculate land mollusks of the family Annulariidae of the Island of Hispaniola and the Bahama Archipelago". United States National Museum Bulletin No. 192, 264 pp., 38 pls.
  • Pfenninger, M.; Véla, E.; Jesse, R.; Elejalde, M. A.; Liberto, F.; Magnin, F. D. R.; Martínez-Ortí, A. (2010). "Temporal speciation pattern in the western Mediterranean genus Tudorella P. Fischer, 1885 (Gastropoda, Pomatiidae) supports the Tyrrhenian vicariance hypothesis". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 (2): 427–436. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2009.09.024. PMID 19772926.  edit
  • Watters G. T. (2006). The Caribbean Land Snail Family Annulariidae: A revision of the higher taxa and a catalog of the species. 1-557, figs 1-10, map 1-56, Appendix A: 1-3. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
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