Cancellariidae Gray, 1853
Common Name: Nutmeg shells
Key morphological features: The Cancellariidae are small to medium sized gastropods with robust, globose shells. The body whorl is most often relatively large with a medium or high spire and wide aperture. The shell exterior of most species features prominent spiral cords crossed by equally prominent and similarly sized axial cords, producing the family’s namesake 'cancellate ornamentation'.
Paleoecology: The Cancellariidae are marine gastropods and are adapted for suctorial feeding, consuming the contents of egg capsules or bodily fluids of various hosts. They inhabit shallow intertidal to deep subtidal (to ~1000m) soft sediment habitats worldwide.
FEEDING MODE: Predator
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