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Gastropoda - Ampullina sp.JPG
Shell of Ampullina sp. - Oligocene from Savona (Italy)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
Superfamily: Campaniloidea
Family: Ampullinidae
Cossman, 1918
  • Ampullospiridae Cox, 1930
  • Gyrodinae Wenz, 1938
  • Globulariinae Wenz, 1941
  • Pseudamauridae Kowalke & Bandel, 1996

Ampullinidae are an mostly extinct taxonomic family of deep-water sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the clade Caenogastropoda.[1]

Cernina fluctuata (Sowerby, 1825)

The shells of species in this family resemble those of naticids. Sea snails of this family lived from the Triassic period to the Pliocene age of the Cenozoic.

But when the extant species Cernina fluctuata is considered as a member of this family, then Ampullinidae is extant.


No subfamilies in this family are recognized in the taxonomy of Bouchet & Rocroi (2005).

The contents and synonymy of Ampullinidae have been treated by the World Register of Marine Species after Lozouet et al. (2001), Kase & Ishikawa (2003) and Bandel (2006). The position in Campaniloidea is based on anatomical data on Globularia fluctuata (Kase, 1990; Healy, pers. comm., sperm morphology), but Ampullinoidea is treated as distinct superfamily by Lozouet et al. (2001) and Bandel (2006).[1]


Genera within the family Ampullinidae include:

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  1. ^ a b c Bouchet, P. (2013). Ampullinidae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2013-06-28
  • Ampullinidae in the Paleobiology Database
  • M. Pacaud and J. Le Renard. 1995. Révision des Mollusques Paléogénes du Bassin de Paris. IV - Liste systématique actualisée. Cossmanniana 3(4):155-187
  • P. Lozouet, J.-F. Lesport, and R. Renard. 2001. Révision des Gastropoda (Mollusca) du stratotype de L'Aquitanien (Miocéne inf.)" site de Saucats "Lariey", Gironde, France. Cossmanniana 8:1-189
  • P. Bouchet, J.-P. Rocroi, J. Frýda, B. Hausdorf, W. Ponder, A. Valdes, and A. Warén. 2005. A nomenclator and classification of gastropod family-group names. Malacologia 47(1-2):1-368
  • Y. Okan and I. Hosgor. 2008. The Ampullinid Gastropod Globularia (Swainson 1840) from the late Thanetian-early Ilerdian Kirkkavak formation (Polatli-Ankara) of the Tethyan realm. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences 17:758-801
  • M. Harzhauser, M. Euter, W. E. Piller, B. Berning, A. Kroh and O. Mandic. 2009. Oligocene and Early Miocene gastropods from Kutch (NW India) document an early biogeographic switch from Western Tethys to Indo-Pacific. Palaeontologische Zeitschrift 83:333-372

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