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Turbinella laevigata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Turbinellidae
Subfamily: Turbinellinae
Swainson, 1835
Genera and species

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Turbinellinae are a subfamily of large deepwater sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Turbinellidae. [1]

This subfamily is in the family Turbinellidae within the clade Neogastropoda (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).

This is a small subfamily with only three genera and some 10 extant species described.


Species of this subfamily can be found in the Indian Ocean and in the Caribbean. The species Syrinx aruanus (Linnaeus, 1758), the largest living gastropod, is distributed along the coasts of Western and Northern Australia to Papua New Guinea.


Species in this family have thick-shelled, fusiform shells with conical-shaped whorls. The large body whorl ends in a long siphonal canal. The columella contains three to four plaits.

Genera and species[edit]

Genera in the subfamily Turbinellinae include :

Genus brought into synonymy 
  • Buccinella Perry, 1811 : synonym of Turbinella Lamarck, 1799


  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2011). Turbinellinae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=23135 on 2011-04-27
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp.