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Family: Nassariidae (Nassa Mud Snails)


Description
The mud snails, or basket shells, are shallow water, usually intertidal, mud dwellers. They occur in large colonies, and are scavengers. A few of the several hundred species live in deep water. The operculum is chitinous (Abbott & Dance, 2000). The shells shown at the right were collected at Port Alfred, South Africa, in the early 1960's.
 
The genus Nassa Lamarck is a synonym of Nassarius.
Classification
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Subfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Nassariidae
 
Major Genera
  • Genus: Bullia
  • Genus: Cyllene
  • Genus: Demoulia
  • Genus: Ilyanassa
  • Genus: Nassarius
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Bullia annulata (Lamarck, 1816)
Annulate Bullia

  


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