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Homalopoma sanguineum shell
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Collonia granulosa shells
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Phasianelloidea
Family: Colloniidae
Cossmann, 1917

Colloniidae is a family of small sea snails with calcareous opercula, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Vetigastropoda.


2005 taxonomy[edit]

Colloniidae was listed as subfamily Colloniinae within the family Turbinidae within Turbinoidea according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).

This taxon consists of four following tribes (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005):

  • Colloniinae Cossmann, 1917
    • tribe Colloniini Cossmann, 1917 - synonym: Bothropomatinae Thiele, 1924 (inv.); Homalopomatinae Keen, 1960; Petropomatinae Cox, 1960
    • tribe † Adeorbisinini Monari, Conti & szabo, 1995
    • tribe † Crossostomatini Cox, 1960
    • tribe † Helicocryptini Cox, 1960

2008 taxonomy[edit]

Colloniidae was elevated to family level and (together with Phasianellidae) belongs to superfamily Phasianelloidea according to Williams et al. (2008).[1] McLean (2012) added two more subfamilies Liotipomatinae and Moelleriinae.[2]

It contains the following subfamilies:

  • Colloniinae
  • Liotipomatinae
  • Moelleriinae
  • Petropomatinae


Genera in the family Colloniidae include:[3]

Subfamily Colloniinae Cossmann, 1917
Subfamily Liotipomatinae McLean, 2012
Subfamily Moelleriinae Hickman & McLean, 1990
† Subfamily Petropomatinae Cox, 1960
Genera brought into synonymy 
  • Neocollonia Kuroda & Habe, 1954: synonym of Bothropoma Thiele, 1924
  • Thermocollonia Okutani & Fujikura, 1990: synonym of Cantrainea Jeffreys, 1883


  1. ^ Williams S. T., Karube S. & Ozawa T. (September 2008) "Molecular systematics of Vetigastropoda: Trochidae, Turbinidae and Trochoidea redefined". Zoologica Scripta 37(5): 483-506. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00341.x
  2. ^ McLean J.H. (2012) New species and genera of colloniids from Indo-Pacific coral reefs, with the definition of a new subfamily Liotipomatinae n. subfam. (Turbinoidea, Colloniidae). Zoosystema 34(2): 343-376. [29 June 2012],
  3. ^ WoRMS (2009). Colloniidae. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2009) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2010-04-17
  • Spencer, H.; Marshall. B. (2009). All Mollusca except Opisthobranchia. In: Gordon, D. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity. Volume One: Kingdom Animalia. 584 pp
  • McLean J.H. & Kiel S. 2007. Cretaceous and living Colloniidae of the redefined subfamily Petropomatinae, with two new genera and one new species, with notes on opercular evolution in turbinoideans, and the fossil record of Liotiidae (Vetigastropoda: Turbinoidea). Paläontologische Zeitschrift 81(3): 254-266

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