Paraprosostenia is a fossil genus
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 of prehistoric freshwater snail
Freshwater snail
A freshwater snail is one kind of freshwater mollusc, the other kind being freshwater clams and mussels, i.e. freshwater bivalves. Specifically a freshwater snail is a gastropod that lives in a watery non-marine habitat. The majority of freshwater gastropods have a shell, with very few exceptions....

s, aquatic
Aquatic animal
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 gastropod mollusks in the family Pomatiopsidae
Pomatiopsidae is a family of small mainly freshwater snails with gills and an operculum, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Rissooidea ....



Species within the genus Paraprosostenia include:
  • Paraprosostenia minuta Annandale, 1919 - type species, fossil of Pleistocene
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     of Namma in northern Burma, The length of the shell is 6 mm. It was found in freshwater lake beds, so it is presumed to be a freshwater species as is the case in all other Triculinae.

Davis (1979) classified also four extant species within the genus Paraprosostenia. Later Davis (1981) referred number of species in Paraprososthenia to be ten. Subsequently Davis et al. (1981) restricted the genus Paraprosostenia to the Pleistocene of Burma. These four extant species were moved to the newly established genus Neoprososthenia
Neoprososthenia is a genus of freshwater snails with gills and an operculum, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Pomatiopsidae.- Species :The genus was established for extant species that were previously placed in the genus Paraprososthenia....

  • (extant) Paraprososthenia hanseni Brandt, 1970 is a synonym of Neoprososthenia hanseni (Brandt, 1970)
  • (extant) Paraprososthenia iijimai Brandt, 1970 is a synonym of Neoprososthenia iijimai (Brandt, 1970)
  • (extant) Paraprososthenia levayi (Bavay, 1895) is a synonym of Neoprososthenia levayi (Bavay, 1895)
  • (extant) Paraprososthenia poirieri (Brandt, 1970) is a synonym of Neoprososthenia poirieri (Brandt, 1970)
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