Marshall Islands Seashell Families

In the search for nudibranchs in the Marshall Islands, we often run into other photogenic creatures, including many of the shelled prosobranch gastropods. This page links to a few seashell families we've had time to process for this website. More may be added and some of these groups updated periodically as we get the time. Follow this link to see a list of recent modifications to these web pages. Our list of Kwajalein Mollusca in Microsoft Excel format can be found here. This list contains habitat and abundance information on all the gastropods, bivalves, chitons and scaphopods we know of from this atoll. The listing is incomplete; it is a work in progress and is updated frequently, consequently its format is somewhat rough.

Gastropods (Snails)


Angeriidae


Architectonicidae
sundials


Buccinidae
whelks

Bursidae
frog shells

Calliostomatidae
fire eating top shells

Cancellariidae

Cassidae
helmet and bonnet shells

Cerithiidae
horn shells

Colubrariidae
vampire snails

Columbellidae
dove shells

Conidae
cone shells

Costellariidae
more miters

Cypraeidae
cowries

Cystiscidae
Marginellidae

Epitoniidae
wentletraps

Eulimidae
parasitic shells

Fasciolariidae
spindle shells

Haliotidae
abalone

Harpidae
harps and morums

Janthinidae
purple floating shells

Liotiidae

Mitridae
miters

Modulidae

Muricidae
murex shells

Nassariidae
basket shells

Naticidae
moon snails

olive shells

Olividae

Ovulidae
egg shells

Ranellidae
tritons

Strombidae
conchs and finger shells

Tegulidae
top shells

Terebridae
auger shells

Titiscaniidae
white slugs

Tonnidae
tun shells

Triphoridae
sinistral shells

Triviidae
trivia shells

Trochidae
top shells

Turbinidae
turban shells

Turrid families

Velutinidae

Xenophoridae
carrier shells

Polyplacophorans (Chitons)


Chitons


Bivalves (Clams)


Pectinidae
scallops


Tridacninae
giant clams

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