Eulimidae

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Eulimidae
Melanella candida 002.jpg
Apertural view of the shell of Melanella candida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
informal group Ptenoglossa

Superfamily: Eulimoidea
Family: Eulimidae
Philippi, 1853
Genera

See text

Synonyms[1]
  • Asterophilidae
  • Enteroxenidae
  • Entocolacidae
  • Entoconchidae
  • Melanellidae
  • Paedophoropodidae
  • Pelseneeriidae
  • Roseniidae
  • Stiliferidae
  • Strombiformidae
  • Stylinidae (Invalid: type genus [Stylina Fleming, 1828] a junior homonym)
  • Thycidae
  • Thycinae Thiele, 1929
  • Turtoniidae (Invalid: type genus [Turtonia Rosén, 1910] a junior homonym)

Eulimidae is a family of very small parasitic sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Eulimoidea.[1]

These small parasitic snails live on (or in some cases in) the bodies of echinoderms such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars, etc. The snails have a proboscis which they extend into their host's body cavity in order to feed.

Genera[edit]

Genera within the family Eulimidae include:[2]

Pyramidelloides miranda
Genera brought into synonymy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2010). Eulimidae. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=135 on 2011-01-13
  2. ^ "Eulimidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.  accessed 4 July 2009

Further reading[edit]

  • Tryon G. W. 1886. Manual of Conchology. Volume 8. Naticidae, Capyptraeidae, Turritellidae, Vermetidae, Caecidae, Eulimidae, Turbonillidae, Pyramidellidae. 461 pp., 79 plates. page 258, plate 68
  • Warrèn Anders, 1984, A generic revision of the family Eulimidae (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia), The Journal of Molluscan Studies, Supplement 13 1-96
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp

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