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Distribution of Sphincterochila species in Tunisia ● Sphincterochila candidissima (Draparnaud, 1801) ★ Sphincterochila tunetana (Pfeiffer, 1850).
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Figure 1: Distribution of Sphincterochila species in Tunisia ● Sphincterochila candidissima (Draparnaud, 1801) ★ Sphincterochila tunetana (Pfeiffer, 1850).

Mentions: Figs 1–45A

Sphincterochilidae from Tunisia, with a note on the subgenusRima Pallary, 1910 (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

Abbes I, Nouira S, Neubert E - Zookeys (2011)

Bottom Line: The study of the morphological characters of the genital organs of both species clarified their subgeneric affiliation.Comparison of Sphincterochila tunetana with Sphincterochila cariosa from Lebanonshowed that the first has to be classified within the subgenus Albea, and the latter within Sphincterochila s. str.; the subgenus Rima Pallary, 1910 remains in the synonymy of Sphincterochila s. str.Bibliographic records of Sphincterochila baetica and Sphincterochila otthiana from Tunisia could not be confirmed, the latter probably lives close to the border with Algeria.

Affiliation: UR Biologie et Ecologie des populations, Institut supérieur des Sciences Biologiques de Tunis, 9 Rue Zouhaier Essafi, 1007 Tunis, Tunisie.

ABSTRACT
In order to establish an updated checklist of terrestrial gastropod from Tunisia, a revision of the species of Sphincterochilidae is presented, using bibliographic and museum records and the results of our own field work. As a result, only two species, Sphincterochila candidissima and Sphincterochila tunetana, are accepted to occur in Tunisia, and their type specimens are illustrated. The study of the morphological characters of the genital organs of both species clarified their subgeneric affiliation. Comparison of Sphincterochila tunetana with Sphincterochila cariosa from Lebanonshowed that the first has to be classified within the subgenus Albea, and the latter within Sphincterochila s. str.; the subgenus Rima Pallary, 1910 remains in the synonymy of Sphincterochila s. str. Bibliographic records of Sphincterochila baetica and Sphincterochila otthiana from Tunisia could not be confirmed, the latter probably lives close to the border with Algeria.

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