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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
informal group Ptenoglossa

Superfamily: Epitonioidea
Family: Nystiellidae
Clench & Turner, 1952

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Nystiellidae is a family of small sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks within the superfamily Epitonioidea which includes the wentletraps, the purple snails and their allies.[1] [2]

This family was previously considered as a subfamily of Epitoniidae. It was raised to family status by Nützel in 1998 [3]


Genera within the family Nystiellidae include: [1]

Genera brought into synonymy 
  • Abyssiscala de Boury, 1911: synonym of Eccliseogyra Dall, 1892
  • Iphitella Thiele, 1925 : synonym of Iphitus Jeffreys, 1883
  • Pustuliscala de Boury, 1921 : synonym of Papuliscala de Boury, 1911
  • Sculptifer Beu & Climo, 1974 : synonym of Iphitus Jeffreys, 1883
  • Solutiscala de Boury, 1909 : synonym of Eccliseogyra Dall, 1892
  • Stylotrochus Seguenza, 1876: synonym of Iphitus Jeffreys, 1883


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2010). Nystiellidae. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2010) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=411726 on 2011-01-23
  2. ^ Bouchet, P. & Rocroi, J.-P. (2005). "Classification and Nomenclator of Gastropod Families". Malacologia. 47 (1-2). 
  3. ^ Nützel A. 1998. Ueber die Stammesgeschichte der Ptenoglossa (Gastropoda). Berliner Geowissenschaftliche Abhandlungen, ser. E (Palaeobiologie), 26: 1-229