Two views of a shell of Acroloxus lacustris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Hygrophila
Superfamily: Acroloxoidea
Thiele, 1931
Family: Acroloxidae
Thiele, 1931
about 40 freshwater species

Acroloxidae, commonly known as river limpets, are a taxonomic family of very small, freshwater snails, aquatic pulmonate gastropod limpet-like mollusks with a simple flattened conical shell in the clade Hygrophila.

Acroloxidae is the only family within the superfamily Acroloxoidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).




Pulmones are reduced. Sexual cavity and accessory gills are on the right side.[2]


Genera within the family Acroloxidae include:


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