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Fulguropsis radula 01.JPG
The fossil species Fulguropsis radula Petuch, 1994
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda

Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Busyconidae
Wade, 1917 (1867)
Type genus
Röding, 1798
Genera and species

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The Busyconidae are taxonomic family of large sea snails, often known as whelks or true whelks. "True whelk" also refers to Buccinidae. Busyconidae consists of Recent and fossil species.[1]


Genera brought into synonymy
  • Fulgur Montfort, 1810: synonym of Busycon Röding, 1798


The Busyconidae were once treated as a subfamily of the Buccinidae, Busyconinae. Now they are treated as their own family.


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2015). Busyconidae Wade, 1917 (1867). In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=862828 on 2015-12-03
  • Petuch E.J., Myers R.F. & Berschauer D.P. (2015). The living and fossil Busycon whelks: Iconic mollusks of eastern North America. San Diego Shell Club. viii + 195 pp.