Daedalochila hausmani


 Daedalochila hausmani from Image author is Harry G. Lee. 

Author of image is Harry G. Lee.


Latin meaning

Daedal means intricate (Reverso, 2008), chila means lip (University of Victoria, 2007), and hausmani comes from the name of the man who found this species, Frank Hausman (Jackson, 1948).


Common name

"dixie liptooth" (, 2012)


Domain: Eukarya

This domain is classified by containing membrane-bound organelles, a nucleus with a nuclear

envelope, and linear DNA.


Kingdom: Animalia

This Kingdom consists of the majority of organisms being multi-cellular, heterotrophic, and specialization of cells/organelles (Hickman et al., 2009).


Phylum: Mollusca

This phylum is classified by having a mantle, radula, and muscular foot (Hickman et al., 2009).


Class: Gastropoda

This class is classified by shell coiling, torsion, and further concentration of visceral mass (Hickman et al., 2009).


Subclass: Pulmonata

This subclass is classified by having a mantle cavity that functions as a lung.  They are hermaphroditic which means they contain both male and female reproductive systems (Burch, 1962).


Order: Stylommatophora

This order is classified by having two pairs of retractable tentacles that contain eyes

on the upper pair (Burch, 1962).


Family: Polygyridae

This family is classified by having a lip on their aperture with teeth.  They also range in size from four to forty-four millimeters, our species ranges from five to ten millimeters. Shape is flattened.  Shells are a brownish color and lack colored bands. They are typically active at night when there is moisture in the air (Perez, 2008).


Genus: Daedalochila

This genus is classified as being small in size and having intricate convoluted apertures (BOLDSYSTEMS, 2012).

They also have a narrow opening and are found only in Northern Mexico and the

Southwest United States (BOLDSYSTEMS, 2012).


Species: Daedalochila hausmani

This species is classified as having a shell surface that is rib-striated with short deciduous hairs (Jackson, 1948). It has five whorls and has its outer lip tooth placed near the edge of the lip (Jackson, 1948). Daedalochila hausmani also has oral obstructions and has the outer part of the lip bent sharply back in the middle (Jackson, 1948). They are also found only in Florida (Hubricht, 1985).


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