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Buccinidae Rafinesque, 1815

Common Name: True Whelks


Key morphological features: The Buccinidae are small to medium sized gastropods with robust shells. The body whorl is relatively large with a medium-sized spire and wide aperture. The shell exterior of most species features prominent spiral cords, often crossed by ribs or knobs.


Paleoecology: The Buccinidae are marine gastropods that are predominantly scavengers and carnivores. They inhabit shallow or deep subtidal, coarse rubble or sandy habitats. They can be found in seas worldwide and at all latitudes.

        MOBILITY: Mobile

        FEEDING MODE: Predator

        HABITAT: Epifaunal


Davies, A.M. 1971. Tertiary Faunas Vol. 1, second edition. New York: American Elsevier Publishing Company, Inc. 571 pp.

Tunnell Jr., J.W., Andrews, J., Barrera, N.C., Moretzsohn, F. 2010. Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells. College Station: Texas A&M University Press. 512 pp.


Genera of Buccinidae present in the Cretaceous of the Western Interior Seaway