A drawing of the shell of Cylindrobulla beauii from its original description by Paul Henri Fischer (1857)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Sacoglossa[1]
Superfamily: Cylindrobulloidea
Thiele, 1931[2]
Family: Cylindrobullidae
Thiele, 1931[2]
Genus: Cylindrobulla
P. Fischer, 1857[3]

Cylindrobulla is a genus of sea snails or bubble snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Sacoglossa.[1]

Cylindrobulla is the type genus of the family Cylindrobullidae[4] and it is the only genus in the family.


The suborder Cylindrobulloidea used to be recognized as monogeneric suborder; in other words there was only one family in the suborder, the family Cylindrobullidae, and only one genus Cylindrobulla.

1996 taxonomy

It was treated by Jensen (1996)[5] as a sister group of Sacoglossa and placed it in the new order Cylindrobullacea.

1998 taxonomy

Mikkelsen (1998)[6] has argued that the genus Cylindrobulla actually belongs in Oxynoacea within shelled Sacoglossa.[6] This change in taxonomy was suggested on the basis of the similarity in many characteristics: digestive, sexual, pallial (= concerning the mantle), and the nervous system.[6]

2005 taxonomy

According to the taxonomy by Bouchet & Rocroi (2005), is the Cylindrobullidae the only family in the superfamily Cylindrobulloidea and Cylindrobulloidea is the only superfamily within the group Cylindrobullida in the infomal group Opisthobranchia.[4]

According to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi (2005) the family Cylindrobullidae has no subfamilies.

2010 taxonomy

Molecular phylogeny analysis by Maeda et al. (2010)[1] have confirmed placement of Cylindrobulla within Sacoglossa.[1]


Species within the genus Cylindrobulla include:


See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Maeda T., Kajita T., Maruyama T. & Hirano Y. (2010). "Molecular Phylogeny of the Sacoglossa, With a Discussion of Gain and Loss of Kleptoplasty in the Evolution of the Group". Biological Bulletin 219(1): 17-26. abstract.
  2. 1 2 Thiele J. (1931). Handbuch der Systematischen Weichtierkunde 1(2): 388.
  3. 1 2 (French) Fischer P. H. (1857). "Description d'espèces nouvelles". Journal de conchyliologie 5: 273-277. Plate 8, figure 8-9.
  4. 1 2 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 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997.
  5. Jensen, K.R. (1996). "Phylogenetic Systematics and classification of the sacoglossa (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia)". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 351: 91–122. doi:10.1098/rstb.1996.0006.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Paula M. Mikkelsen (1998). "Cylindrobulla and Ascobulla in the western Atlantic (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia, Sacoglossa): Systematic review, description of a new species, and phylogenetic reanalysis". Zoologica Scripta. 27 (1): 49–71. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.1998.tb00428.x.
  7. Bouchet, P. (2010). Cylindrobulla phuketi Jensen, 1990. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-09
  8. Bouchet, P. (2010). Cylindrobulla sculpta G. Nevill & H. Nevill, 1869. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-09
  9. Bouchet, P. (2010). Cylindrobulla turtoni Bartsch, 1915. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-09
  10. Bouchet, P. (2010). Cylindrobulla xishaensis Lin, 1978. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-09
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