Planispiral is a condition in which a tubicolous shell is coiled in a single horizontal plane and the diameter increases away from the axis of coiling. This term is usually used for describing gastropod shells. Many cephalopods and tubeworms can also have a planispiral shell (Allaby and Allaby, 1999).

View of the spire side of the planispiral shell of the freshwater snail Anisus septemgyratus. This shell has seven and a half whorls


  • Allaby, A. & Allaby, M. (1999). "Planispiral". A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. Retrieved 2014-01-13.

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