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Mitrella carinata.jpg
LIve individual of the columbellid species Alia carinata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Columbellidae
Swainson, 1840[1]

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  • Anachidae Golikov & Starobogatov, 1972
  • Pyrenidae Suter, 1909

The Columbellidae, the dove snails or dove shells, are a family of minute to small sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the order Neogastropoda.[2] [3]

Pardalinops testudinaria


Species in this family are found worldwide,[4] but are most abundant in shallow tropical water.


According to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi (2005), the family Columbellidae consists of two subfamilies:

  • Columbellinae Swainson, 1840
  • Atiliinae Cossmann, 1901 - synonyms: Pyrenidae Suter, 1909; Anachidae Golikov & Starobogatov, 1972


The family Columbellidae contains these genera:

subfamily Columbellinae
subfamily Atiliinae
subfamily ?


  1. ^ Swainson (1840). Treat. Malacol. 152, 313.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2010). Columbellidae. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2010-11-04
  3. ^ Bouchet P. & Rocroi J.-P. (Ed.); Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdes A. & Warén A. 2005. Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology, 47(1-2). ConchBooks: Hackenheim, Germany. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 397 pp.
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