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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
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Superphylum: Protostomia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Rafinesque, 1815

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

This superfamily includes the murex snails, the chank snails, the true whelks, the dove snails, the crown conchs and busycon whelks, the spindle and tulip snails, the volutes and olives, 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 within the superfamily Muricoidea are as follows:


  • 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.