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    Ficidae: Brief Summary
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    Ficidae, common name the fig shells are a family of medium to large marine gastropods. It is the only family in the superfamily Ficoidea.

    According to taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi (2005) the family Ficidae has no subfamilies.

    The shells of these snails are shaped rather like figs or pears, hence the common name.

    The Ficidae were previously included in the Tonnaceae (now Tonnoidea) along with the Tonnidae and Cassididae.

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    The fig shells, a small group of relatively large marine snails, make up the small family Ficidae (Gastropoda), which is comprised of two genera.Genus Ficus has 10 species, found from the intertidal to depths up to 1000m (3000 feet) in warm and temperate waters around the world; the less common genus Thalassocyon inhabits the Southern Hemisphere, found only in deep waters (up to 3000 m; 10,000 feet) off the coast of South Africa, New Zealand, and Amsterdam Island.Thalassocyon includes between 1-3 species, for which the synonymy is unclear (Warén and Bouchet 1990 and Riedel 2000, as cited in Vos 2013). The two genera have been revised as sister taxa in family Ficidae based of shared radula shape and the ridge (keel) along the edge of their body whorl; Thalassocyon was originally classified into gastropod family Cymatiidae.

    (Beu 1969; Neo 2010; Vos 2013)

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