List of marine molluscs of Mozambique

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The list of marine molluscs of Mozambique is a list of saltwater species that form a part of the molluscan fauna of Mozambique. This list does not include the land or freshwater molluscs.

Map of the Southern African coastline showing some of the landmarks referred to in species range statements


Gastropoda[edit]

Gastropods in Mozambique include:

Patellogastropoda[edit]

Patellidae - True limpets

  • Cellana radiata capensis (Gmelin, 1791)[1](Port Alfred to Kenya)[2] (syn. Cellana capensis Gmelin, Helcioniscus capensis (Gmelin, 1790), Patella capensis Gmelin, 1791)
  • Variable limpet Helcion concolor Krauss, 1848 (Eastern Cape to Mozambique)[2]
  • Patella flexuosa (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834) (Northern KwaZulu-Natal to Mzambique)[3] (syn. Scutellastra flexuosa)
  • Patella pica Reeve, 1854 (Zululand to Mozambique)[2] (syn. Scutellastra pica)

Vetigastropoda[edit]

Pleurotomariidae

Haliotidae - Abalone

Fissurellidae - Keyhole limpets

Trochidae

Turbinidae - Turban shells

Phasianellidae

Neritimorpha[edit]

Neritidae - Nerites

Caenogastropoda[edit]

Hipponicidae - Hoof limpets

Littorinidae

  • Striped periwinkle Littoraria glabrata (Philippi, 1846) (Transkei to Mozambique)[2] (Syn. Littorina kraussi Rosewater, 1970, Littorina glabrata Philippi, 1846)
  • Estuarine periwinkles Littoraria scabra group. (Eastern Cape to Mozambique)[2]
  • Nodular periwinkle Nodilittorina natalensis Philippi, 1847 (Eastern Cape to Mozambique)[2]


Assimineidae

Vermetidae - Worm shells

  • Colonial worm shell Dendropoma corallinaceus (Tomlin, 1939) (Orange river to Transkei)[2] (Keen & Morton listed as authors by WoRMS) (syn. Vermetus (Stoa) corallinaceus Tomlin, 1939)

Turritellidae

Potamididae

Cerithiidae

Xenophoridae

Cypraeidae - True cowries

Ovulidae

Velutinidae

Triviidae - Trivia

Naticidae - Necklace shells

Tonnidae - Cassinae - Helmet shells

Janthinidae - Violet shells

  • Bubble raft shell or Violet snail Janthina janthina Linnaeus, 1758 (Cape Columbine to Mozambique)[2]

Bursidae

Ranellidae

Muricidae

Mitridae - Mitres

Strombidae - Strombs

Nassariidae

Dogwhelks

Plough shells

Olividae - Olive shells

Conidae - Cone shells

Heterobranchia[edit]

Architectonicidae

Siphonariidae - False limpets

Hydatinidae

Philinidae

Anaspidea[edit]

Aplysiidae

Notaspidea[edit]

Pleurobranchidae

Nudibranchia - Nudibranchs[edit]

Hexabranchidae

Bivalvia[edit]

Bivalves in Mozambique include:

Mytilidae - Mussels

Arcidae - Ark clams

Noetiidae

Pinnidae - Pen shells

Gryphaeidae

Ostreidae - True oysters

Anomiidae - Saddle oysters

Pteriidae - Pearl oysters

Pectinidae - Scallops

Cardiidae - Cockles

Tridacnidae - Giant clams

Mactridae - Trough shells

Carditidae

Solenidae

Lucinidae

Unionidae

Lasaeidae

Tellinidae

Teredinidae

Donacidae - Wedge shells

Psammobiidae - Sunset clams

Veneridae - Venus shells

Polyplacophora[edit]

Chitons (Polyplacophora) in Mozambique include:

Ischnochitonidae

Chitonidae

Cephalopoda[edit]

Cephalopods in Mozambique include:

Teuthida - Squid

Loliginidae

Sepiida - Cuttlefish

Sepiidae

Spirulida - Ram's horn squid

Spirulidae

See also[edit]

Lists of molluscs of surrounding countries:

References[edit]

  1. ^ WoRMS
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh Branch, G.M. Griffiths, C.L. Branch, M.L. Beckley, L.E. Two Oceans: A guide to the marine life of southern Africa. 5th impression, David Philip, Cape Town, 2000. ISBN 0-86486-250-4
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  4. ^ a b c d e Kilburn, R. and Rippey, E. Sea Shells of Southern Africa MacMillan South Africa 1982 ISBN 0-86954-094-7
  5. ^ Nangammbi T. C. & Herbert D. G. (2008). "A new species of pheasant shell from the south-western Indian Ocean (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda: Phasianellidae: Tricolia)". African Invertebrates 49(2): 13-19. abstract Archived 2009-06-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Liltved, William Rune. Cowries and their relatives of southern Africa: A study of the southern African Cypraeacean and Velutinaceac gastropod fauna, Gordon Verhoef, Seacomber Publications, 2000. ISBN 0-908420-89-7
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Gosliner, Terrence. Nudibranchs of southern Africa: A guide to Opisthobranch molluscs of southern Africa Sea Challengers, Monterey, 1987. ISBN 0-930118-13-8
  8. ^ a b Zsilavecz, Guido. Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. SURG, Cape Town, 2007. ISBN 0-620-38054-3
  9. ^ a b Day, J.H. A guide to marine life on South African shores. Balkema, Cape Town, 1969
  10. ^ http://tolweb.org/Uroteuthis/19863

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