Archerd Shell Collection > Shell Classes > Gastropoda > Columbellidae


Family: Columbellidae (Dove Shells)


Description

Large family of numerous genera and many species living in warm and tropical waters. Most dove shells are tiny; few exceed an inch. The shell is strong and can resist crushing by crabs, their predator. Although the shells bear the markings of carnivorous snails, some seem to have reverted to an herbivorous life style. (Abbot & Dance, p.159) describe these mollusc species principally as scavenging carnivores. Especially active at night, they may be seen in sandy and muddy places at low tide, where they feed on sea anemones. Molluscs in this family have eyes at the base of the tentacles. The family (which was formerly named Pyrenidae) is well represented in tropical waters.

Classification
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Columbellidae
 
Major Genera
  • Genus: Columbella
  • Genus: Pyrene
  • Genus: Strombina


Pyrene ocellata (Link, 1807)
Lightning Dove Shell

 

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