Abyssochrysidae is a family of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Caenogastropoda (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).


The family Abyssochrysidae was previously placed in the "Zygopleuroid group" (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005). This family has no subfamilies (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).

In 2008, the sister group Provannidae was moved into the superfamily Abyssochrysoidea Tomlin, 1927 by Kain et al.[1] and the family Abyssochrysidae was also moved into the superfamily Abyssochrysoidea.[2]


Genera within this family include:


  1. ^ a b c Kaim A., Jenkins R. G. & Warén A. (2008). "Provannid and provannid−like gastropods from Late Cretaceous cold seeps of Hokkaido (Japan) and the fossil record of the Provannidae (Gastropoda: Abyssochrysoidea)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 154(3): 421-436. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00431.x.
  2. ^ a b WoRMS (2009). Abyssochrysidae. In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2009) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2010-05-04
  3. ^ Tomlin J. R. le B. (1927). "Reports on the Marine Mollusca in the Collections of the South African Museum, II: Families Abyssochrysidae, Oocorythidae, Haliotidae, Tonnidae". Annals of the South African Museum 25(1): 77-83, 4 figures. page 77.
  4. ^ a b Kiel S. (2008). "An unusual new gastropod from an Eocene hydrocarbon seep in Washington state". Journal of Paleontology 82(1): 188-191. doi:10.1666/06-029.1 HTM

Further reading[edit]

  • Goedert J. L. & Kaler K. L. (1996). "A new species of Abyssochrysos (Gastropoda: Loxonematoidea) from a Middle Eocene Cold Seep Carbonate in the Humptulips Formation, Western Washington". Veliger 39: 65-70.
  • Houbrick R. S. (1979). "Classification and systematic relationships of the Abyssochrysidae, a relict family of bathyal snails". Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 290: 1-21.
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