Calliopaea bellula

Calliopaea bellula (d’Orbigny, 1837)

Calliopaea bellula by Enric Madrenas

Class: Gastropoda Cuvier, 1797 
Subclass: Heterobranchia J.E. Gray, 1840 
Clade: Euthyneura Spengel, 1881 
Clade: Panpulmonata Jörger et al., 2010 
Clade: Sacoglossa von Ihering, 1876 
Superfamily: Limapontioidea J.E. Gray, 1847 
Family: Limapontiidae J.E. Gray, 1847 
Genus: Calliopaea d’Orbigny, 1837 
Species: Calliopaea bellula d’Orbigny, 1837


  • Custiphorus vesiculosus Deshayes, 1864
  • Embletonia mariae Meyer & Möbius, 1865
  • Stiliger mariae (Meyer & Möbius, 1865)




  • Calliopaea. Derived from Calliope. In Greek mythology, Calliope (“Καλλιόπη”, “the one with the beautiful voice”) is the muse of epic poetry and eloquence. Like other muses, Calliope is the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the Memory). He married Oeagrus and with him was mother of Orpheus, Marsyas, Ialemo and Lino.
  • Bellula. Diminutive of Latin word “Bella”, beautiful.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Calliopaea bellula
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions

References for the species: Calliopaea bellula

    Galicia: Ortea and Urgorri (198la), Urgorri and Besteiro (1983), Rolán (1983). All records as Stiliger bellulus. Portugal: García-Gómez et al. (1991), Calado (unpubl. data). Levante: Fez (1974, as Ercolanea funerea), Templado, Talavera and Murillo (1983), Marín and Ros (1987, 1988). Canarias: Ortea et al. (1998).

    Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007 & 2016, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.


    Western Mediterranean:
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    Atlantic Ocean:
This chart displays the observation probability for Calliopaea bellula based on our own records.

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Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes (2012-2018) "Calliopaea bellula" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 17/05/2012, Accessed: 20/01/2018 at (

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