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A paper on the 'Molecular phylogeny of Western Palaearctic Helicidae s.l. ', published by Steinke et al. (2004) in this journal, is critically analysed. Several obvious errors are corrected and methodological weaknesses are revealed. BLAST searches on the sequences published in that paper and now in GenBank, showed high percentages of similarity of the alleged species with taxa that are considered only distantly related in the literature. Inspection of the so-called voucher specimens showeddoi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.08.024 pmid:21930220 fatcat:xd4ylpnh2fgpzmpkfv2vedloju