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Chilodontidae (gastropods)

Chilodontidae is a taxonomic family of mostly small deepwater sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the clade Vetigastropoda (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).



The family was previously in the superfamily Neritoidea in the order Neritopsina and the superorder Neritaemorphi.

2005 taxonomy

This family consists of three following subfamilies (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005):

2007 taxonomy

A molecular phylogeny-based taxonomy of the Seguenzioidea was published by Kano (2007).[1]

The subfamilies Calliotropinae Hickman & McLean, 1990 and Cataeginae McLean & Quinn, 1987 were raised to family levels as the Calliotropidae and the Cataegidae.


Genera within the family Chilodontidae include (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005)[2] and Herbert (2012):[3]

Genera brought into synonymy
  • Craspedotus Philippi, 1847: synonym of Danilia Brusina, 1865
  • Heliciella O.G. Costa, 1861: synonym of Danilia Brusina, 1865
  • Huttonia Kirk, 1882: synonym of Herpetopoma Pilsbry, 1890
  • Olivia Cantraine, 1835: synonym of Danilia Brusina, 1865


  1. ^ Kano Y. (2007). "Vetigastropod phylogeny and a new concept of Seguenzioidea: independent evolution of copulatory organs in the deep-sea habitats". Zoologica Scripta 37(1): 1-21. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2007.00316.x
  2. ^ WoRMS : Chilodontidae; accessed : 1 October 2010
  3. ^ Herbert, D.G. 2012. A revision of the Chilodontidae (Gastropoda: Vetigastropoda: Seguenzioidea) of southern Africa and the south-western Indian Ocean. African Invertebrates 53 (2): 381-502.[1]
  • Poppe G.T., Tagaro S.P. & Dekker H. (2006) The Seguenziidae, Chilodontidae, Trochidae, Calliostomatidae and Solariellidae of the Philippine Islands. Visaya Supplement 2: 1-228


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