This image displays a snail from the Class Gastropoda. Image from:,r:21,s:0,i:69&tx=39&ty=56

Daedalochila postelliana was originally discovered by Thomas Bland in 1859.

This gastropod’s most recent Latin name means:
Daeda: intricate
chila: lip
Post: after
elliana: of the sun
Domain: Eukarya
Requirements: In order for animals to be classified in the Domain Eukarya they need to have eukaryotic cells and use mitosis for cell division.
Kingdom: Animal
Requirements: Animals are multicellular meaning that they have more than one cell. Animals within this group are also heterotrophic because they consume nutrients from the environment  (Hickman et al. 2009).
Phylum: Molluscs
Requirements: Animals found in this phylum have three distinct characteristics: foot, mantle, and radula  (Hickman et al.  2009).
Class: Gastropoda
Requirements: Animals that belong to the Class Gastropoda exhibit torsion. Torsion occurs during the developmental stages of the animal (Hickman et al. 2009).
Order: Stylommatophora
Requirements: These animals can be found in terrestrial environments (Weber, 1984).
Family: Polygyridae
Snails in this Family do not require darts during mating (Weber, 1984).

Genus: Daedalochila
Requirements: The shell is usually 4.5 mm or larger and the aperture is lined with teeth (Pilsbry, 1940).

Species: Daedalochila postelliana
In general most Daedalochila postelliana range in size from 5-10 mm and striated patterns can be observed on the shell (Dourson, 2010).


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