Pomatiopsis is a genus
In biology, a genus is a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, which is an example of definition by genus and differentia...

 of amphibious snail
Snail is a common name applied to most of the members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells in the adult stage. When the word is used in its most general sense, it includes sea snails, land snails and freshwater snails. The word snail without any qualifier is however more often...

s with gills and an operculum
Operculum (gastropod)
The operculum, meaning little lid, is a corneous or calcareous anatomical structure which exists in many groups of sea snails and freshwater snails, and also in a few groups of land snails...

, 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 ....


Pomatiopsis is the type genus of the family Pomatiopsidae.


The distribution of the genus Pomatiopsis includes the USA: West Coast of the United States
West Coast of the United States
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, Midwestern United States
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 and Eastern United States
Eastern United States
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In 1862, the American malacologist George Washington Tryon
George Washington Tryon
George Washington Tryon, Jr. was an American malacologist who worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.- Biography :George Washington Tryon was the son of Edward K. Tryon and Adeline Savidt...

 first defined this genus. Tryon's diagnosis reads as follows:


There are four species within the genus Pomatiopsis:
  • Pomatiopsis binneyi Tryon, 1863
  • Pomatiopsis californica Pilsbry, 1899
  • Pomatiopsis cincinnatiensis (Lea, 1840)
  • Pomatiopsis lapidaria
    Pomatiopsis lapidaria
    Pomatiopsis lapidaria is an amphibious species of snail with gills and an operculum, a gastropod mollusk in the family Pomatiopsidae.Pomatiopsis lapidaria is the type species of the genus Pomatiopsis.-Distribution :...

    (Say, 1817) - type species


Species in the genus Pomatiopsis are amphibious, living in humid habitats, on marshy ground and in periodically flooded soil (Pomatiopsis californica and Pomatiopsis lapidaria), in trickling water (Pomatiopsis binneyi) and on mud of streams (Pomatiopsis cincinnatiensis).
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