What is meant by Gastropoda?


What is meant by Gastropoda?

Definition of gastropod : any of a large class (Gastropoda) of mollusks (such as snails and slugs) usually with a univalve shell or none and a distinct head bearing sensory organs.

Why is it called gastropod?

Snails and slugs are known as gastropods, which mean ‘stomach foot’. This describes the way in which the body and internal organs of slugs and snails has been twisted back so that the stomach lies above the large fleshy foot of these animals.

How do you classify a gastropod?

Gastropods are divided into groups called clades. Clades are collection of life forms that have descended from a common ancestor. In the Bouchet and Rocroi system, clades are employed between the rank of class and the rank of superfamily while the clades are unranked.

What does gastropod look like?

Most gastropods have a single, usually spirally coiled shell, but the shell is lost or reduced in some groups. Many snails have an operculum, a plate that closes the gastropod’s opening. Shelled gastropods have mantles, while those without shells have reduced to absent mantles.

Who are the first snail?

Homo sapiens living along the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa, France, Italy, Greece and the Middle East are also known to have eaten snails, but started eating them 10,000 years later. Dr Fernández-López de Pablo said the new fossils are “clearly the oldest record [of snail consumption] we have so far”.

What subphylum is Gastropoda?

The gastropods (/ˈɡæstrəpɒdz/), commonly known as snails and slugs, belong to a large taxonomic class of invertebrates within the phylum Mollusca called Gastropoda (/ɡæsˈtrɒpədə/)….Gastropoda.

Gastropoda Temporal range:
Class: Gastropoda Cuvier, 1795

What is the common name for Gastropoda?

Integrated Taxonomic Information System – Report

Taxonomic Rank: Class
Common Name(s): gastropods [English]
slugs [English]
snails [English]

Where are Gastropoda found?

Environment. Gastropods inhabit all aquatic environments from the deepest oceans, where they may live beneath 5 km of water, to small, shallow, fresh water ponds. They are one of the few invertebrates to have colonised the land and can live at altitudes of 6000 m above sea level.