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Rapana Black Sea 2008 G1.jpg
A live Rapana venosa showing the operculum.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Rapaninae
Gray, 1853

See text.


Rapaninae is a subfamily of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Muricidae. [1]

This subfamily was known as Thaidinae until 1993.

Shell description[edit]

The shells of species in this subfamily typically do not have a varix, but strong axial sculpture is often present.


Genera within the subfamily Rapaninae include:

Genera brought into synonymy 


  1. ^ Houart, R. (2011). Rapaninae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=196295 on 2011-03-01
  2. ^ Tan, K.S. (2003). "Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomy of some southern Australia and New Zealand Muricidae (Mollusca: Neogastropoda)". Journal of Natural History. 37: 911–1028. doi:10.1080/00222930110120610. 

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