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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Trochidae
Genus: Fossarina
A. Adams & Angas, 1864[1]
Type species
Fossarina patula Adams, A. & G.F. Angas, 1863

Minos Hutton, 1884

Fossarina is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Trochidae, the top shells.

The genus Fossarina was moved from the family Fossariidae to the newly created subfamily Fossarininae within the family Trochidae by Williams et al. in 2010.[2]


The shell is auriform, a little depressed and narrowly umbilicated. The spire is short. The oval aperture is oblique. The lips are rounded. The operculum is multispiral.[3]


This marine genus occurs off Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand; in the East China Sea.


Species within the genus Fossarina include:[4][5]

The Indo-Pacific Molluscan Database also mentions the following species:[6]

Species brought into synonymy


  1. ^ Adams A. & Angas G. F. (1864). Proc. zool. Soc. London 1863: 423.
  2. ^ Williams S. T., Donald K. M., Spencer H. G. & Nakano, T. (2010). "Molecular systematics of the marine gastropod families Trochidae and Calliostomatidae (Mollusca: Superfamily Trochoidea)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54(3): 783-809. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2009.11.008
  3. ^ Tryon (1887), Manual of Conchology IX – Solariidae (by William B. Marshall), Ianthinidae, Trichotropidae, Scalariidae, Cerithiidae, Rissoidae, Littorinidae
  4. ^ NZ Mollusca Archived February 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Powell A W B, New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  6. ^ OBIS ; Fossarina
  • OBIS
  • Suter, H., 1913. Manual of the New Zealand Mollusca. Government Printer, Wellington. xxii 1210 p.
  • Cotton, B.C., 1959. South Australian Mollusca. Archaeogastropoda. South Australian Government Printer, Adelaide. 1-449
  • Iredale, T. & McMichael, D.F., 1962 [31/Dec/1962]. A reference list of the marine Mollusca of New South Wales. Mem. Aust. Mus., 11:0-0.
  • Ladd, H.S., 1966 [31/Dec/1966].Chitons and gastropods (Haliotidae through Adeorbidae) from the western Pacific Islands. United States Geological Survey, Professional Pape, 531:0-0.