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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Murchisonioidea
Koken, 1896

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Murchisonioidea is an extinct superfamily of small to large sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Vetigastropoda.[1]

This superfamily was previously included in the Caenogastropoda by Ponder and Warén (1988) and by Bandel in studies published in 1993 and 1997. However, studies by Tracey et al. (1993)[2] and by Frýda and Manda (1997)[3] put them into the Archaeogastropoda. This has been confirmed by new findings on archaeopod-type protoconchs in species from this families, dating from the early Devonian.


(Families that are exclusively fossil are indicated with a dagger †)


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. & Rocroi, J.-P. (2005). "Classification and Nomenclator of Gastropod Families". Malacologia 47 (1–2). 
  2. ^ Tracey,, S.; J.A. Todd; D.H. Erwin (1993). Mollusca, Gastropoda; in : M.J. Benton (ed.) The Fossil Record, volume 2. London: Chapman & hall. pp. 131–167. 
  3. ^ J. Frýda & S. Manda (1997). "A gastropod faunule from the Monograptus uniformis graptolite Biozone (Early Lochkovian, Early Devonian) in Bohemia". Mitteilungen aus dem Geologisch-Pläontologischen Institut der Universität Hamburg 80: 59–122.