List of marine molluscs of South Africa

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The list of marine molluscs of South Africa is a list of saltwater species that form a part of the molluscan fauna of South Africa. This list does not include the land or freshwater molluscs.

Map of the Southern African coastline showing some of the landmarks referred to in species range statements


Gastropoda[edit]

See List of marine gastropods of South Africa

Bivalvia[edit]

Bivalves in South Africa include:

Nuculidae

Mytilidae - Mussels

Arcidae - Ark clams

Noetiidae

Pinnidae - Pen shells

Gryphaeidae

Ostreidae - True oysters

Anomiidae - Saddle oysters

Gryphaeidae - Honeycomb oysters

Pteriidae - Pearl oysters

Pectinidae - Scallops

Limidae - File shells

Cardiidae - Cockles

Tridacnidae - Giant clams

Mactridae - Trough shells

Carditidae

Condylocardiidae

Solenidae

Lucinidae

Unionidae

Lasaeidae

Tellinidae

Gastrana matadoa

Teredinidae

Donacidae - Wedge shells

Psammobiidae - Sunset clams

Veneridae - Venus shells

Polyplacophora[edit]

Chitons (Polyplacophora) in South Africa include:

Ischnochitonidae

Chitonidae

Callochitonidae

Acanthochitona

Chaetopleuridae

Cephalopoda[edit]

Cephalopods in South Africa include:

Octopoda - Octopus
Common octopus Octopus vulgaris

Octopodidae

Argonautidae

Paper nautilus Argonauta argo
Teuthida - Squid

Loliginidae

Sepiolida - Bobtail squid
  • Unidentified species (Cape Peninsula, both sides)[3]
Sepiida - Cuttlefish

Sepiidae

Spirulida - Ram's horn squid

Spirulidae

Scaphopoda[edit]

Tusk shells (Scaphopoda) in South Africa include:

Dentaliidae

Gadilidae

See also[edit]

Lists of molluscs of surrounding countries:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Day, J.H. A guide to marine life on South African shores. Balkema, Cape Town, 1969
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm Branch, G.M. Griffiths, C.L. Branch, M.L. Beckley, L.E. Two Oceans: A guide to the marine life of southern Africa. 5th impression, David Philip, Cape Town, 2000. ISBN 0-86486-250-4
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Jones, Georgina. A field guide to the marine animals of the Cape Peninsula. SURG, Cape Town, 2008. ISBN 978-0-620-41639-9
  4. ^ a b c d e f Kilburn, R. and Rippey, E. Sea Shells of Southern Africa MacMillan South Africa 1982 ISBN 0-86954-094-7
  5. ^ http://www.marinespecies.org accessed 11 January 2010
  6. ^ a b Branch, George. and Branch, Margo. The living shores of southern Africa. Struik, Cape Town, 1981. ISBN 0-86977-115-9

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