A large class of mollusks which includes snails, slugs, whelks, and all terrestrial kinds. They have a large muscular foot for movement and (in many kinds) a single asymmetrical spiral shell.
- Here we cover a few groups that seem to be very close to the crown group Gastropoda (slugs + limpets).
- The oval, flat foot is characteristic of the classes Monoplacophora, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda.
- Slugs are soft-bodied animals belonging to a class called Gastropoda (not insects).
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek gastēr, gastr- 'stomach' + pous, pod- 'foot'.
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