Muricoidea

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Muricoidea
Temporal range: Cretaceous to Recent
Chicoreus palmarosae.jpg
Apertural view of a shell of Chicoreus palmarosae with the operculum positioned in place
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Rafinesque, 1815
Families

See text

Synonyms
  • Muricacea (suffix -oidea mandatory for a superfamily name following current ICZN art. 29.2.)
  • Volutoidea

Muricoidea is a taxonomic superfamily of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Neogastropoda.[1]

This superfamily includes the murex snails, the chank snails, the dove snails, the volutes, the harp snails, the margin snails, the miters, and others.

Shell description[edit]

The shell of the snails in this superfamily vary greatly in shape and degree of ornamentation. The shells have an oval aperture, and a noticeable siphonal canal.

Families[edit]

Families within the superfamily Muricoidea are as follows:

Synonyms
  • Columbariidae Tomlin, 1928 : synonym of Columbariinae Tomlin, 1928
  • Concholepadidae Perrier, 1897 : synonym of Rapaninae Gray, 1853
  • Coralliophilidae Chenu, 1859 : synonym of Coralliophilinae Chenu, 1859
  • Cynodontidae MacDonald, 1860 : synonym of Vasinae H. Adams & A. Adams, 1853 (1840)
  • Dipsaccinae P. Fischer, 1884 : synonym of Babyloniidae Kuroda, Habe & Oyama, 1971
  • Eburninae Swainson, 1840 : synonym of Babyloniidae Kuroda, Habe & Oyama, 1971
  • Latrunculinae Cossmann, 1901 : synonym of Babyloniidae Kuroda, Habe & Oyama, 1971
  • Magilidae Thiele, 1925 : synonym of Coralliophilinae Chenu, 1859
  • Melapiidae Kantor, 1991 : synonym of Strepsiduridae Cossmann, 1901
  • Nucellidae Salisbury, 1940 : synonym of Ocenebrinae Cossmann, 1903
  • Pakaurangia Finlay, 1926 : synonym of Calliotectum Dall, 1890
  • Purpuridae Children, 1823 : synonym of Rapaninae Gray, 1853
  • Rapidae Kuroda, 1941 : synonym of Coralliophilinae Chenu, 1859
  • Thaididae Jousseaume, 1888 : synonym of Rapaninae Gray, 1853
  • Vasidae H. Adams & A. Adams, 1853 : synonym of Turbinellidae Swainson, 1835
  • Xancidae Pilsbry, 1922 : synonym of Turbinellidae Swainson, 1835

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2010). Muricoidea Rafinesque, 1815. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=15138 on 2016-03-21
  • Bouchet, Philippe & Jean-Pierre Rocroi 2005. Classification and Nomenclator of Gastropod Families. Malacologia 47(1-2): 1-397.
  • Ponder, WF & DR Lindberg 1997. Towards a phylogeny of gastropod molluscs: an analysis using morphological characters. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 119(2): 83-265.