Taxon profile


Philine aperta (Linnaeus, 1767)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Opistobranchia - opisthobranchs »  family Philinidae »  genus Philine

Scientific synonyms

Bulla aperta Linnaeus, 1767


Philine aperta

Author: Jan Delsing

Philine aperta

Author: Segers et all

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Cachia & Mifsud, 2001:
Shell roughly oval, a little less wide at the top than the lower section. White matt, but glossy internally. No sculpture, save for growth lines or folds. No sinus between the spire and the top of the outer lip, which curves a little higher than the spire. Size: 15mm. The animal is colourless and totally covered with yellow or white spots. The parapodia are large and the shell is easily seen through the transparent animal, because of the darker pigment underneath.
Secundary description by Cachia & Mifsud, 2001, The Marine Mollusca of the Maltese Islands, Part 3: Prosobranchia to Sub-class Pulmonata, order Basommatophora.


It is well known on E. Atlantic coasts and in the Mediterranean.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [08d2394c-57ff-4106-a35a-5c8d117ceca1]

ABRS (2009-2019): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as "Philine cf. aperta" = Philine aperta (Linnaeus, 1767)]
Data retrieved on: 21 July 2015
EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Philine aperta (Linnaeus, 1767)]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Philine aperta (LINNÉ, 1767)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013
IT Repetto G., Orlando F. & Arduino G. (2005): Conchiglie del Mediterraneo, Amici del Museo "Federico Eusebio", Alba, Italy [as Philine aperta (Linné, 1767)]

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