Ecology

Associations

Known prey organisms

Nassariidae (mud snail) preys on:
Plantae

Based on studies in:
USA: New York, Long Island (Marine)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • G. M. Woodwell, Toxic substances and ecological cycles, Sci. Am. 216(3):24-31, from pp. 26-27 (March 1967).
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Known predators

Nassariidae (mud snail) is prey of:
Tetraodontidae

Based on studies in:
USA: New York, Long Island (Marine)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • G. M. Woodwell, Toxic substances and ecological cycles, Sci. Am. 216(3):24-31, from pp. 26-27 (March 1967).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records:982Public Records:719
Specimens with Sequences:856Public Species:72
Specimens with Barcodes:733Public BINs:106
Species:114         
Species With Barcodes:98         
          
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Barcode data

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Locations of barcode samples

Collection Sites: world map showing specimen collection locations for Nassariidae

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Wikipedia

Nassariidae

Nassariidae, common name nassa mud snails (USA), or dog whelks (UK), are a taxonomic family of small to medium-sized sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Neogastropoda.

Shell description[edit]

These snails have rounded shells with a high spire, an oval aperture, and a siphonal notch.

Distribution[edit]

This family of snails is found worldwide.

Habitat[edit]

These snails are found mostly in shallow water, on sandy or muddy substrates, often intertidally, but sometimes in deep water. They can be present in very large numbers in suitable habitat.

Feeding habits[edit]

Nassariidae are primarily active and lively scavengers.

Taxonomy[edit]

The family Nassariidae is closely related to the family of the true whelks, Buccinidae, because of their shared characteristics in the anatomy of the species in these families (Ponder, 1973;[1] Cernohorsky, 1984;[2] Hayashi, 2005 [3]), i.e. a long proboscis, the loss of glandular dorsal folds and a smaller gland of Leiblein (a dorsal venom gland in the mid-oesophagus).

According to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi (2005) the family Nassariidae consists of four subfamilies:

  • Nassariinae Iredale, 1916 (1835) - synonyms: Nassinae Swainson, 1835 (inv.); Cyclopsidae Chenu, 1859 (inv.); Cyclonassinae Gill, 1871; Alectrionidae Dall, 1908; Arculariidae Iredale, 1915
  • Bullinae Allmon, 1990 (not recognized by Haitao LI et al., 2010 [4])
  • Cylleninae L. Bellardi, 1882
  • Dorsaninae Cossmann, 1901 - synonym: Duplicatinae Muskhelishvili, 1967

Genera[edit]

Genera within the family Nassariidae include:[5][6]

Nassariinae
Bullinae
  • Bullia Griffith, 1834 - type genus of the subfamily Bullinae
Cylleninae
  • Cyllene Gray in Griffith & Pidgeon, 1834
Dorsaninae
Subfamily ?

References[edit]

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