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Melongena corona 4.jpg
A live Melongena corona in the process of rolling over using its operculum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Melongenidae
Gill, 1871 (1854)

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The Melongenidae, the crown conchs and their relatives, are a taxonomic family of large to very large marine gastropods in the clade Neogastropoda.


For a while prior to 2004, the genera Busycon and Busycotypus were placed in the Melongenidae.[1] Then, in 2004, based on their digestive systems and on cladistic analysis by Kosyan & Kantor (2004),[1] these two genera were moved to the family Busyconidae within the superfamily Buccinoidea.

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

  • Subfamily Melongeninae Gill, 1871 (1854) - synonyms: Cassidulidae Gray, 1854 (inv.); Galeodidae Thiele, 1925 (inv.); Volemidae Winckworth, 1945; Heligmotomidae Adegoke, 1977
  • Subfamily Echinofulgurinae Petuch, 1994


Genera in the family Melongenidae include:[2]

Genera brought into synonymy
  • Cassidulus Gray, 1854: synonym of Pugilina Schumacher, 1817
  • Galeodes Röding, 1798 : synonym of Melongena Schumacher, 1817
  • Semifusus Agassiz, 1846 synonym of Hemifusus Swainson, 1840


  1. ^ a b Kosyan A. R. & Kantor Yu. I. (2004). "Morphology, taxonomic status and relationships of Melongenidae (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda)". Ruthenica 14(1): 9-36. abstract and preview
  2. ^ "Melongenidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.