Archerd Shell Collection > Shell Classes > Gastropoda > Family Name

Family: Strepsiduridae (Onion Shells)


In the Archerd Shell Collection, the shells at right are  identified  as "Melapium lineatum (Lamarck, 1822). The specimens were collected at Port Alfred, South Africa in the early 1960s. The shells are smooth on the outside, without   ridging, and have a quite flattened spire. The larger is 2.0 cm.

The Family taxon has been classified previously in vsrious suggested families; e.g., Olividae, Turbinellidae (subfamily Tudiclinae), and Melapiidae.


Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Sorbeconcha
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Strepsiduridae
Other Genera
  • Genus: Melapium
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Melapium lineatum (Lamarck, 1822)
Lined Onion Shell

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