Temporal range: Upper Eocene-Recent[1]
Two fresh shells of Cecilioides acicula, scale bar in mm
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Achatinoidea
Family: Ferussaciidae
Bourguignat, 1883[2]

Cecilioididae Mörch, 1864

Ferussaciidae is a family of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Achatinoidea.[3]

This family has no subfamilies.[3] The family name Ferussaciidae is from 1883 and therefore it is more recent than the family name Cecilioididae Mörch, 1864, however the latter has been declared as a nomen oblitum because it has not been used for over 100 years. Ferussaciidae has been declared a nomen protectum.[3]


The distribution of Ferussaciidae includes Africa to Europe and the Near East, tropical Americas, Hawaii and tropical Asia.[1]

Fossil record

Cecilioides sommeri is the family's oldest fossil record, dating from the Middle Paleocene of Brazil (Itaboraí Basin).[4]


In this family, the number of haploid chromosomes lies between 26 and 30 (according to the values in this table).[5]


Genera within the family Ferussaciidae include: (The following unreferenced, unchecked genera are probably from Schileyko (1999))


  1. 1 2 "Family summary for Ferussaciidae". AnimalBase, last modified 16 August 2007, accessed 7 April 2011.
  2. Bourguignat J. R. (1883). Historie malacologique de l'Abyssinie. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Zoologie, ser. 6, 15 (Art. 2): 120.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 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.
  4. Salvador, R.B. & Simone, L.R.L. Taxonomic revision of the fossil pulmonate mollusks of Itaboraí Basin (Paleocene), Brazil. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia 53(2): 5-46. (http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S0031-10492013000200001&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en)
  5. Barker G. M.: Gastropods on Land: Phylogeny, Diversity and Adaptive Morphology. in Barker G. M. (ed.): The biology of terrestrial molluscs. CABI Publishing, Oxon, UK, 2001, ISBN 0-85199-318-4. 1-146, cited pages: 139 and 142.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Genera in family Ferussaciidae" (n = 8). AnimalBase, accessed 7 April 2011.

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