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Temporal range: Paleozoic to Present
Acila cobboldiae.jpg
Two views of a left valve of Acila cobboldiae from the early Pleistocene of the Netherlands
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Nuculida
Superfamily: Nuculoidea
Family: Nuculidae
Gray, 1824

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Nuculidae is a family of small saltwater clams in the order Nuculida. Species in this family are commonly known as nut clams.

The nomenclature of the Western European species in this family is still uncertain. Their systematics has been based mainly on their feces.[1]


Genera brought into synonymy 
  • Lionucula Thiele, 1934 synonym of Ennucula Iredale, 1931
  • Nuculoma Cossmann, 1907 : synonym of Ennucula Iredale, 1931
  • Polyodonta Megerle von Mühlfeld, 1811 : synonym of Nucula Lamarck, 1799


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