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Temporal range: Cretaceous to Recent
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda
Order: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Volutoidea
Rafinesque, 1815

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Cancellarioidea Forbes & Hanley, 1851

Volutoidea is a taxonomic superfamily of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Neogastropoda.[1]

This superfamily includes the chank snails, the dove snails, the volutes, the margin snails and others.

Shell description[edit]

The shell of the snails in this superfamily vary greatly in shape and degree of ornamentation. The shells have an oval aperture, and a noticeable siphonal canal.


Families within the superfamily Volutoidea are as follows:

  • Paladmetidae Stephenson, 1941 † synonym of Admetinae Troschel, 1865
  • Plesiocystiscidae G. A. Coovert & H. K. Coovert, 1995: synonym of Plesiocystiscinae G. A. Coovert & H. K. Coovert, 1995


  1. ^ MolluscaBase eds. (2020). MolluscaBase. Volutoidea Rafinesque, 1815. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=1055738 on 2020-06-05
  • Ponder, WF & DR Lindberg 1997. Towards a phylogeny of gastropod molluscs: an analysis using morphological characters. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 119(2): 83-265.
  • Bouchet P., Rocroi J.P., Hausdorf B., Kaim A., Kano Y., Nützel A., Parkhaev P., Schrödl M. & Strong E.E. (2017). Revised classification, nomenclator and typification of gastropod and monoplacophoran families. Malacologia. 61(1-2): 1–526.