Belongs within: Strombidae. Strombus, the conches, is a pantropical genus of large marine gastropods characterised by a shell with a large, flaring outer lip bearing a U-shaped notch near the anterior end. Members of the subgenus Dolomena are small to moderate-sized with an expanded, flaring lip and deep stromboid notch (Wilson 1993). Characters (from Wilson… Continue reading Strombus


Belongs within: Stromboidea. The Aporrhaidae, pelican’s feet, are a group of marine gastropods characterised by a shell with a large, laterally extended outer lip. <==Aporrhaidae |–Harpagodes Gill 1870 [Harpagodesidae, Harpagodidae, Harpagodinae]BR05 | `–*H. pelagi (Brongniart 1821) [=Strombus pelagi]BR17 |–Spiniloma Gründel, Nutzel & Schulbert 2009BR17 (see below for synonymy) | `–*S. longispina (Eudes-Deslongchamps 1843) [=Ranella longispina,… Continue reading Aporrhaidae


Belongs within: Hypsogastropoda.Contains: Aporrhaidae, Xenophoridae, Strombidae. The Stromboidea are a group of often large marine gastropods that exhibit determinate growth with the shell often becoming elaborated around the aperture. In life, stromboids have a characteristic ‘hopping’ mode of locomotion is which the animal is raised on the muscular column of the foot, using the claw-like… Continue reading Stromboidea


Belongs within: Stromboidea.Contains: Lambis, Strombus. The Strombidae are a group of marine herbivorous gastropods characterised by a flared or thickened outer lip on the adult shell, and a sickle-shaped operculum that is used as a lever by the animal when moving (Wilson & Gillett 1971). Characters (from Wilson & Gillett 1971): Shell bearing a flaring… Continue reading Strombidae


Belongs within: Stromboidea. The Xenophoridae, carrier shells, are a group of more or less conical shells that commonly cement foreign bodies such as stones or discarded shells to their own shell to provide defence and/or camouflage. They are sediment feeders, consuming forams and other detritus. The shell has a ventrally porcellanous peripheral flange in species… Continue reading Xenophoridae