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Gaza daedala
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Margaritidae
Thiele, 1924
  • Gazidae Hickman & McLean, 1990
  • Margaritinae Thiele, 1924 (original rank)

Margaritidae is a family of small sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Trochoidea (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).[1]

Margaritinae Thiele, 1924, originally a subfamily in Trochidae was moved to Turbinidae following Williams et al. 2007. It has been elevated to the rank of family Margaritidae. This family has no subfamilies.


Genera within the family Margaritidae include:

Genera brought into synonymy
  • Eumargarita P. Fischer, 1885: synonym of Margarites Gray, 1847
  • Margarita Leach, 1819: synonym of Margarites Gray, 1847
  • Valvatella Gray, 1857: synonym of Margarites Gray, 1847


  • Bouchet P. & Rocroi J.-P. (2005) Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia 47(1-2): 1-397
  • Hickman C.S. (2012) A new genus and two new species of deep-sea gastropods (Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda: Gazidae). The Nautilus 126(2): 57–67
  • Williams S.T. (2012) Advances in molecular systematics of the vetigastropod superfamily Trochoidea. Zoologica Scripta 41(6): 571-595.
  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Margaritidae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 3 JUly 2013