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Bullina lineata.jpg
A live individual of Bullina lineata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
informal group Lower Heterobranchia
Superfamily: Acteonoidea
Family: Bullinidae
Gray, 1850
Type genus
Férussac, 1822

Nonacteoninidae Bandel, 1994 Sulcoactaeonidae Gründel, 1997

Bullinidae is a taxonomic family of small sea snails or bubble snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Acteonoidea.

Synonyms for this family are Nonacteoninidae Bandel, 1994 and Sulcoactaeonidae Gründel, 1997.

The original spelling was "Bullinadae". This family was declared to be a separate family by William B. Rudman in 1972.[1]

Shell description[edit]

The shells have a large aperture, which is rounded at the outer lip. The shells usually have striking markings.



These gastropods live in the intertidal to sublittoral waters of tropical and subtropical seas.

Life habits[edit]

The mantle can be retracted completely into the shell, but the operculum is too small to cover the opening. These snails regurgitate their meals when attempting to retract into their shells.

Further treatment under Acteonoidea and Cephalaspidea.


Genera within the family Bullinidae include:


  1. ^ Rudman W. B. (1972) "Studies on the primitive opisthobranch genera Bullina Férussac and Micromelo Pilsbry". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 51(2): 105-19, 8 figs. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1972.tb00776.x.

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