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Cocculiniformia various examples.jpg
Various examples of Cocculiniformia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Cocculiniformia
Hazsprunar, 1987
Superfamily: Cocculinoidea
Dall, 1882


The Cocculinoidea is a superfamily of deepwater limpets (marine gastropods), the only superfamily in the clade Cocculiniformia, one of the main clades of gastropods according to the taxonomy as set up by (Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005). Cocciliniformia used to be designated as a superorder.


According to Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005), the superfamily Cocculinoidea contains the families Bathysciadiidae and Cocculinidae.

The Cocculinoidea (Cocculinacea Dall, 1882) are combined with the Lepetelliodea (Lepetellacea Dall, 1882) in Cocculinoformia Haszprunar, 1987, referred to as a clade in Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005 although it used to be designated a superorder by Ponder & Lindberg, 1997. Bouchet & Rocroi (2005) leave the Cocculiniformia to consist only of the Cocculinoidea, having moved the Lepetelloidea to the Vetigastropoda.

(Note that before the stipulation by the ICZN, the majority of invertebrate superfamilies ended in -acea, or -aceae, not -oidea.)


  • Keen, A.Myra 1958; Sea Shells of Tropical West America, Stanford University Press.
  • Moore, R.C. 1952, Gastropods, in Moore, Lalicker, and Fischer; Invertebrate Fossils, McGraw-Hill Book.

Further reading[edit]

  • Strong E. E., Harasewych M. G. & Haszprunar G. (2005) "Phylogeny of the Cocculinoidea (Mollusca, Gastropoda)." Invertebrate Biology 122(2): 114-125. doi:10.1111/j.1744-7410.2003.tb00077.x

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