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Oopeltidae is a family of air-breathing land slugs, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Arionoidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).

Subfamilies and genera[]

The family Oopeltidae consists of two subfamilies:

  • Oopeltinae Cockerell, 1891
  • Ariopeltinae Sirgel, 1985[1]

Genera in the family Oopeltidae include:


  • Oopelta Mörch [in Heynemann], 1867 - type genus of the family Oopeltidae
    • Oopelta nigropunctata
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Ariopelta capensis


  • Ariopelta Sirgel, 1985[1] - type genus of the subfamily Ariopeltinae
    • Ariopelta capensis Krauss, 1848 - type species, synonym: Limax (Limas) capensis Krauss, 1848
    • Ariopelta variegata Sirgel, 2012[2]
  • Ariostralis
    • Ariostralis nebulosa


Two genera of Ariopeltinae live in South Africa.[1] Ariopelta capensis and Ariostralis nebulosa are relict primitive species[3] in the Cape Fold Mountains. In the Landdroskop area there are melanistic populations of these slugs.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sirgel W. F. (1985). "A new subfamily of Arionidae (Mollusca, Pulmonata)". Annals of the Natal Museum 26(2): 471-487. Ariopeltinae is on the page 473.
  2. Sirgel, W.F. 2012. A new species of Oopeltidae (Mollusca, Pulmonata, Arionoidea), with a revision of the subfamily Ariopeltinae and remarks on its affinities within the family and superfamily. African Invertebrates 53 (2): 527-542.[1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Costandius E. (2005). The Landdroskop area in the Hottentots Holland Mountains as a refugium for melanistic lizard species: an analysis for conservation. Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, 76 pp.

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