Scientific Name: Inflectarius rugeli

Common Name: Deep-tooth Shagreen

Inflectarius is defined as a genus of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Polygyridae ( The Latin scientific name was first given by Shuttleworth in 1852 (Malacologia, 1998). There is no information on what the Latin name means but we assume that it was named after someone.

Domain: Eukarya

     Kingdom: Animalia

        Phylum: Mollusca

            Class: Gastropoda

                Order: Stylommatophora

                    Family: Polygyridae

                       Genus: Inflectarius

                          Species: Inflectarius rugeli

Eukarya: It is classified by having genetic material contained in a nucleus and membrane bound organelles (Keeling, 2009).

Animalia: It is classified by being multicellular and heterotrophic (

Mollusca: It is classified by having a soft coelomate body with a mantle, visceral mass, and muscular foot (Ramel, 2012).

Gastropoda: It is classified by having a single shell of calcium carbonate, coiling, torsion, head and foot (

Stylommatophora: It is classified by having two pairs of retractile tentacles with eyes located on the tips of the large tentacles (

Polygyridae: It is classified by not having a dart muscle, an absent diverticulum, and an absent stimulatory organ (

Inflectarius: Defining characteristics of Inflectarius are of having a medium sized shell as well as a inverted heliciform shell (Grimm, 2009). Members of the Genus Inflectarius also have denticles lining their aperture as well as their lip (Grimm, 2009).

Inflectarius rugeli: Inflectarius rugeli is identified by having a depressed heliciform, shell with whorls, large parietal tooth present, periphery rounded , and a shell surface that has a short periostracal process that appears as scales when points are broken off (Dourson, 2012). 

To learn more about the evolution of the Inflectarius  snail, click HERE.