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Melanella candida 002.jpg
Apertural view of the shell of Melanella candida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
informal group Ptenoglossa

Superfamily: Eulimoidea
Family: Eulimidae
Philippi, 1853

See text

  • Asterophilidae
  • Enteroxenidae
  • Entocolacidae
  • Entoconchidae
  • Melanellidae
  • Paedophoropodidae
  • Pelseneeriidae
  • Roseniidae
  • Stiliferidae
  • Strombiformidae
  • Stylinidae (Invalid: type genus [Stylina Fleming, 1828] a junior homonym)
  • Thycidae
  • Thycinae Thiele, 1929
  • Turtoniidae (Invalid: type genus [Turtonia Rosén, 1910] a junior homonym)

Eulimidae is a family of very small parasitic sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Eulimoidea.[1]

Description and characteristics[edit]

These small parasitic snails live on (or in some cases in) the bodies of echinoderms such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars, etc. All species lack a radula, in most cases possessing a proboscis which they extend into their host's body cavity in order to feed.[2]


Genera within the family Eulimidae include:[3]

Genera brought into synonymy


  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2010). Eulimidae. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2011-01-13
  2. ^ Mah, Christopher L. (June 3, 2014). "P is for Parasitic Snail! Enter: The Eulimidae". The Echinoblog. 
  3. ^ "Eulimidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.  accessed 4 July 2009

Further reading[edit]

  • Tryon G. W. 1886. Manual of Conchology. Volume 8. Naticidae, Capyptraeidae, Turritellidae, Vermetidae, Caecidae, Eulimidae, Turbonillidae, Pyramidellidae. 461 pp., 79 plates. page 258, plate 68
  • Warrèn Anders, 1984, A generic revision of the family Eulimidae (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia), The Journal of Molluscan Studies, Supplement 13 1-96
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp

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