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.


Turbinidae
turban shells


Calliostomatidae
fire eating top shells

Xenophoridae
carrier shells

Cypraeidae
cowries

Ovulidae
egg shells

Velutinidae

Strombidae
conchs and finger shells

Naticidae
moon snails

Cassidae
helmet and bonnet shells

Ranellidae
tritons

Bursidae
frog shells

Tonnidae
tun shells

Architectonicidae
sundials

Epitoniidae
wentletraps

Triphoridae
sinistral shells

Muricidae
murex shells

Nassariidae
basket shells

Fasciolariidae
spindle shells

Buccinidae
whelks

Cancellariidae

Colubrariidae
vampire snails

Harpidae
harps and morums

Olividae
olive shells

Cystiscidae
Marginellidae

Mitridae
miters

Costellariidae
more miters

Conidae
cone shells

Terebridae
auger shells

Turrid families

Bivalves


Tridacninae
giant clams


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