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Subfamily: Columbariinae (Pagoda Shells) (formerly Family: Columbariidae)


Pagoda shell molluscs comprise a rare group of deep water species that are related to the Muricidae. Fewer than 30 species are known,  and most are world-wide in distribution. The molluscs have a chitinous operculum, while the rather fragile shell shows both upturned spines on the shoulders of each whorl and a characteristically long siphonal canal. The canal is open all the way to the tip. Coluzea species are restricted to the New Zealand area.

Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Subfamily: Columbariinae
Major Genera
  • Genus: Columbarium
  • Genus: Coluzea
  • Genus: Halia
  • Genus: Pusionella

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Columbarium pagoda (Lesson, 1831)
First Pagoda Shell
(7.5 cm. long)

Columbarium bermudezi (Clench & Aguayo, 1938)
Burmudez's Pagoda Shell
(a rare species, 6.9 cm long)

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